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December 16, 2022 Advent Reflection

December 16, 2022

After the Shepards heard the news from the Angels of Jesus’s birth , they decided to go to Bethlehem and see for themselves. Maybe like each of us we need to see for ourselves to believe something is true or real.

After seeing Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in that Bethlehem stable, the Shepards became advocates of telling everyone what they had been told and what they had witnessed.

In those days, 2000 years ago, Shepards were not viewed by society as upstanding individuals and may have had a reputation to be untrustworthy or untruthful. So imagine what people thought about the Shepards story of seeing the messiah, the King of Kings. None-the-less these Shepards did go out telling everyone they met.

Today, we know how this story ends, it is well documented with many eye witness accounts of Jesus’s life, healings, teachings, sacrifices, betrayals, crucifixion, rising from the dead and Saviour for all our sins. Yet we are sometimes shy or afraid to tell the story of Jesus.

The Shepards were very forth coming and told everyone what they had seen. The birth of Jesus was only the first part of this miraculous story, yet the Shepards were not shy to tell their story. They had heard the story about the coming of the messiah all their life and when they were told by an angel that the baby was born, they hurried off to see the baby and told everyone what they witnessed. They travelled to Bethlehem and saw a baby, born to a young couple, a young couple not yet married, yet they believed Jesus was the Messiah, that is faith.

Written by Cindy and Bill Dunbar

Enjoy the Christmas Carol "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night" included below.


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