My thoughts on Christmas Morning, Two Thousand and Ten:
Luke 2:8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
…Good tidings of great joy, which shall be for all people… wow. This one line has more meaning to me this year than ever before.
The shepherds were ordinary folks. They were peasants, probably dusty and dirty from long nights spent out in the fields. They were marginalized by society because they often missed the festivals and cleansing ceremonies of Jewish culture, because they had to do the jobs of caring for the flocks of sheep. Unlike the Wise and Wealthy Magi, the shepherds were poor and uneducated. By all means, the shepherds had no political power and nothing of value to offer.YET- an angel of the Lord came to them and proclaims good news of great joy that would be for all people! Not just for the wealthy, upper-middle class white man, not just for the educated and comfortable, for all people.
The Messiah- the promised saviour and Prince of Peace, came to earth in the humble form of a baby to lay in a cold, dirty manger among the roughness of the straw. His attendants were not royal servants but chicken, oxen and cows. There were no festivals or ceremonies to announce His birth, for the city had no room for him. From the beginning Jesus was found among the poor and forgotten– and it is still among them that He can be found today. Jesus upholds the “least of these” and maintains justice for the orphan, the widow, the abandoned, the hurting and the oppressed.
He came because the world needed a saviour, because the world needed to learn what love means. He came to bring hope to a world that is literally burning to the ground. Thank God that Jesus came! Personally, knowing the status of the world and the overwhelming amounts of social injustice that run rampant, I would not be able to face tomorrow if Jesus had not be born over two thousands years ago today.
“Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother and in His Name all oppression shall cease…
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices- for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!”