12.25.2010

Shepherds/sheep

"But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise." - Psalm 79:13
"And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flocks 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 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." - Luke 2:8-11
Just like that, a number of smelly, dirty, uneducated shepherds received the decree announcing the arrival of the Savior, the one who would save his people from their sins. The shepherds were simply going about their own business. How could they ever fathom that God would make them the first to know about the final, ultimate revelation of the great redemptive epic of history?

Is it not fitting that God would announce his message in such a manner? God first told the shepherds of the one who is the Good Shepherd, the one who would be struck for sins. It's funny: the shepherds were really sheep. And it would be my bet that those shepherds/sheep will be recounting the story of the angelic herald of the Good Shepherd forevermore.

Maybe I will ask them to tell me the story again one day.

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