“Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” …. Suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased.” (Luke 2:10-11, 13-14)
With the utmost of care and detail, the Heavenly Father prepared for the arrival of His Son. There was no written “cutesy” birth announcements, no decorated nursery, nor specialized nursing to care for baby Jesus. While a mere a donkey, a few cows, and some sheep observed the labored and painful birth of God the Father’s human baby Son, the most miraculous and spectacular welcome ever known for a royal baby occurred.
According to Scripture, shepherds were not known as the most popular, nor was shepherding a prestigious vocation in “the world”—in fact, it was known to be despised (see Genesis 47). Think of it: at the very first Christmas, God’s birth announcement of His only begotten son was given first to no other than to those fearful and oppressed shepherds. Upon receiving the earth-shaking news from the Lord Himself, those dirt-coated, sun-bleached, unappreciated shepherds did not debate, attempt to rationalize the miraculous, dwell on their own condition, or decide to wait until the next day. “They came with haste and found the baby…” (Luke 2:15-16).
The Good News of the birth of Jesus is about the fulfillment of God’s intention for “all men with whom He is well pleased.” As He says in Isaiah, “O you afflicted one … In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear…” (54:11-14). I believe God the Father was proud and pleased to offer those shepherds, least in rank by human speculations, the first visitation rights to His newly born Son; the very One who would declare: “I AM the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices His life for the sheep” (John 10:11).
How did the Absolute Holy God identify with the affliction and humiliation of mankind (Isaiah 53:2-6)? How would He make His unfailing love known to those He created? HE BECAME ONE! (John 1:14)
In all of your human humiliation, welcome Him! Receive Him! Enter into the presence of JESUS and find peace! You shall be established in righteousness, far from oppression, without fear. Christ, with the limitation of man’s humiliation and the Absolute Love of God, came to set man FREE from fear (1 John 4:18). The Christmas Christ is here! O Come Let Us Adore Him—with haste!