Shepherds Found Him in the Manger!!!
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the Shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them…… Luke 2:11-20
In our previous study, we we were considering how an Angel appeared to the shepherds watching over their sheep at night and how the Angel told them not to be afraid. We saw that God appears to simple Humble people who fear Him doing their Earthly duties faithful. And we saw that the news He brings is always Good news. God never comes with bad news to any Man. Every news is Good News for those who Love God. For all things works together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose(Romans 8:28).There is no bad news for those who Love God and called according to His purpose. Today, we shall consider in detail what the Angel said to them concerning Jesus and how Jesus was found.
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord: This is really the greatest good news we can ever hear!!! That a Saviour has been born who can save us from our Sin. A Saviour that can Forgive and save us from the Lust that has enslaved us. A Saviour who is Christ, the Lord!!! Those who want to enjoy the benefit of the Saviour must accept Him as the Lord of their lives. It is of no use calling Christ our Saviour if we will not submit to His Lordship. If we will not obey His Commandments, then we deceive ourselves by calling Him our Saviour. He is Christ the Lord!!!
And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger: What a Sign!!! Behold the sign in which the Son of God, the Messiah will be recognized!!! They would have thought the Angel would have said, “You will find Him clothed in Robes in the Palace,” or “There shall be a Mighty Star around His Head”. The Star for the Wise Men appeared days after Jesus was born because the Star led the Wise Men to the House not to the Manger( Matt 2:10-11). But there was no Supernatural sign over the Manger or an Hallo(that shinning round light we see in most of Catholic Christ paintings). Probably there were many babies in Bethlehem born on the same day and wrapped in swaddling clothes. But the unique sign given to the Shepherds to recognize Him was that He will be found in a Manger!!! A very humiliating Birth. This is the identifying Sign of the physical body of Christ. And Even today, this is the identifying sign of the Spiritual body of Christ. The body of Christ face, reproach, misunderstanding and Humiliation by the people of the world.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”: The Highest Glory of God ever seen was in the coming of the Saviour. John 1:14 says, ” And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and Truth.” The Highest Glory of God ever revealed to Man was seen in the Life and Face of Jesus Christ. And Angels in Heaven rejoice at this!!! Many at times, we don’t know what a great Salvation and goodwill God has shown towards Man through the Coming of Jesus. Angels and Many of the Prophets who lived before the days of Christ wished to Partake of it. 1 Peter 10-12(Living Bible) says, “This salvation was something the prophets did not fully understand. Though they wrote about it, they had many questions as to what it all could mean. They wondered what the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about, for he told them to write down the events which, since then, have happened to Christ: his suffering, and his great glory afterwards. And they wondered when and to whom all this would happen. They were finally told that these things would not occur during their lifetime, but long years later, during yours. And now at last this Good News has been plainly announced to all of us. It was preached to us in the power of the same heaven-sent Holy Spirit who spoke to them; and it is all so strange and wonderful that even the angels in heaven would give a great deal to know more about it.” What a Great Privilege to be born in this Century. Let us therefore not come short of this great Peace and goodwill God has shown towards Men!!!
So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”: After the Angels had departed, the Shepherds were so eager to see what the Lord has spoken to them about. They were so sure about it. There was no doubt in their mind. They said with Certainty, “Let Us go and see what the Lord has spoken about”. Beautiful attitude to learn from the Shepherd. Once the Lord has said something to us, we must be quick to see the Manifestation and experience it in our Lives. It is of no use hearing from Heaven if we will not long to experience it in our lives. If the Lord has said, “Sin Shall not have Dominion Over You(Romans 6:14)”,we must never be satisfied until we have seen that no Sin rules us again”. If the Lord has said, “Be anxious for Nothing(Philippians 4:6)”,We must long to get to a Life where nothing Makes us Anxious again.
Another beautiful attitude the Shepherds had was that they put aside their Earthly task temporarily because the Lord had revealed something to them. God gives Revelation to people who considers Revelation more important than their profession and Job. This is why many people don’t make progress in their spiritual Lives. Because when God gives them a revelation, their Earthly possession and Job is still much more important to them than Divine Revelation. Is the Word of God, the Church, His Kingdom, His Righteousness first and More important in Your Life? If not, that could be the reason for your Spiritual stagnation. That is why you are where you are today despite that You known so many truth. Let us therefore learn from these Shepherds who were faithful with their Earthly task, but when the got Revelation from Heaven, it took priority over their Job.
And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger..: So the Shepherd went out looking for a Child born in a Manger. And I was wondering, “How did they found their way to Mary and Joseph?”. For They had no star to guide them, they had no Angel to lead them. They must have gone from one Manger to another. They ignored all the houses and inns. They were only looking for a Manger that has a newly born baby in it. Until they found one that contains a Baby born and they knew that, “This is the Saviour, the Son of God!!!” Similarly Today, When People look for the body of Christ in different town, what should they look for?, the grand buildings and impressive Leaders? Not at all. If they listen to the voice of Angels and the Voice of the Spirit speaking to them in their Heart. They will find the body of Christ covered with reproach, humiliation, rejection and ridicule by the World. The True body of Christ is never welcomed and accepted by the system of the World. And if you are sincere and Humble, the Lord will lead you to a True Fellowship of believers even if they are meeting in a Manger.
Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child: Joseph and Mary must have wondered how these Shepherds knew that a baby would be Born. And they must have reported that, “An Angel from Heaven told us”. This must have been an Encouragement to Mary and Joseph. For they may have been wondering why God did not provide a Room for them. But now that the Shepherds shared their experience and what the Angel told them about the child, they were encouraged.
And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.: The Shepherds also told as Many people that came across their path about the Child and they Marveled. They were like, “The Son of God? Born in a Manger? It is impossible!!!”. They thought the shepherds were crazy!!! Even today people will think you are crazy when you talk about a little group forsaken and misunderstood by everyone as the body of Christ. Instead of believing, they only Marveled. Instead of following the simple testimony of the Shepherds, they prefer to go to the Chief priests and they missed the body of Christ. The others did not find Jesus but this simple Shepherds find the body of Christ. There are many who wondered but only a few simple people find. God wants us to be among those few simple people who Find His flock, those who in Simple God fear of God meet together to be an expression of Christ body in a Locality.
But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.: This was so strange to Mary. She must have thought of King David on the throne. How the Kings in the Old testament were great but here is one who was to be the King of Kings lying in a Manger. So She pondered it in her heart. Good attitude to learn. We must learn to ponder on the Truths we discovered. Even when we can’t understand fully, we must treasured it in our hearts. The more we ponder upon a particular Scripture, the more we get understanding and revelation on it.
Then the Shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them: The Shepherds were not discouraged because they saw this Baby in the Manger with nothing spectacular about Him. They had heard God. They have no doubt. So they returned glorifying and praising God. Even today, when people find the True body of Christ in some place, they always return to their homes with Great Joy glorifying God that they have at last being brought in touch with those who truly fear God and Humble and who are an expression of the Spiritual body on Earth. If you have found such a fellowship of believers in your Locality, You are truly blessed and you will truly Glorify and Praise God because it is exactly as it is written in Scripture.
Dear Friend, the eyes of the Lord is going all through the Earth looking for those who are willing to give up their Earthly task in search for the body of Christ. He is looking for those who will take the pain of looking for that true Spiritual body called the Church. Let us therefore be among those few who will thank and Glorify God for all that He has spoken to us about Christ. May the Lord lead us until we find ourselves in the midst of those who truly fear that Lord. (Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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