This is the last Jesse Tree reading, promise! See? Look at the lovely Jesse Tree! It’s all filled out and colorful. What a fun project, don’t you think? 🙂
The last ornament is this one:
It’s an angel!
And so, the last scripture dwells on none other than our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ through the eyes of the shepherds. Let’s take a closer look, shall we? 🙂
The Shepherds Pay Homage
8 Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. 9The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.
10The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.
Isn’t that lovely???
The more I think about it, the more I realize that my place in this whole Christmas narrative is the place of the shepherds. Think about it:
- The shepherds are called out to go meet Jesus.
- They find Jesus!
- They go away, praising and giving glory to God.
Doesn’t this sound like our mission, as Christians?
And so for this Christmas season, I pray that this leads you to joy and a closer encounter to Christ, our Lord. And I pray that it makes you want to give thanks to God, just as it once did over 2000 years ago to some shepherds of old.
Again, Merry Christmas! And may God bless us every one.