At one time it was great to get a letter or card. It was something really special to receive birthday cards. And it was EVEN MORE special to open the mailbox and find a Christmas card. With so few cards sent these days and digital one-liners flying around, I believe it is a lost art to write to someone. Writing a full letter aside, greeting cards have done most of the writing for you! Regardless, it is a special thing to receive a message just for you.
The shepherds of Bethlehem were given an exceptional greeting! An angel appears in a clear night sky with a message of the Christ being born. But why are the shepherds the first to know outside of the family? The lowest of the low, the bottom of society, the shepherds were going about their business, and Boom! The heavenly host is upon them announcing and praising!
The shepherds were chosen as we are chosen. We are all a part of God’s plan. This is shown by sending his messengers to the lowly shepherds. Regardless of age, education, health, and wealth. Whatever the circumstances, God sent the Christ for all of His chosen. The message is for all, and when the shepherds heard and saw, they told.
When you receive a Christmas card or letter in the mail, take time to remember the ultimate Christmas message. The one hand delivered to the shepherds in person. Then spread the message yourself, because this message is a Christmas card that has been sent from the beginning of time.
Luke 2:8-12 – And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”