Luke 2:8-20 – Symbolism of Christmastime: Shepherds
For five weeks, we will be reintroduced to those who played pivotal roles in the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Some of the faces will be familiar, like Mary and Joseph. Others we will meet again, for the first time in a way, such as the magi who have so often and so long been misunderstood. We will hear about the significance of the angels, the messengers of God, bringing the good news to the shepherds, whom most people considered the bottom of society. Throughout this time, our knowledge of the story of Jesus’s birth will be recounted, and sometimes elements of it will be challenged, but in all ways our grasp of it should be strengthened for the sake of knowing Jesus himself even better.
Most people didn’t like to hang around with shepherds, because they had a dirty job (figuratively literally). People looked down on them. However, God first brought the good news of Jesus’s birth to these people whom the world despised, and yet as with all fieldworkers, the world still needed. Some people are looked down upon today or made fun of because of the jobs they have. However, God doesn’t look down upon someone simply because other people do. God continues today to work through people who are shunned my most of society.
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