not forgotten

The shepherds, considered too weak and unfit for real work, were usually elderly, women or young people. David, the runt of his family was a shepherd. Rachel was a shepherdess. Moses, a felon and outcast, became a shepherd in his exile.

So then, why? Why did God choose to reveal his Son to poor shepherds?

It is no small detail that God chose the temple shepherds of Bethlehem who cared for the lambs of sacrifice that atoned for the people’s sins, to announce the coming of the lamb of God who would take away the sin of the entire world until the end of time.

It’s of no small consequence that he orchestrated the very first census in recorded history of an entire nation. a grand collaboration and alignment of events, so that Mary and Joseph would be in the city of David at the time of His birth. This is the very town that in Micah 5:2 is described by both it’s names: Bethlehem meaning house of bread and Ephrathah meaning fields of fruit (for wine), for He who would be bread of life and whose blood would atone for the sins of all mankind.

And while the grand alignment of these multiple facts and events is amazing in and of itself, even more amazing is that I am in those details. he didn’t just call the shepherds to the big event, he called everyone who feels forgotten, unworthy, unqualified, lowly, and marginalized by society. He sought me out.

This amazing history altering event was emerging. And while his coming was for all people, nations, men and women and generations for all time, His coming was especially for those of us who are lost, tired, bruised, broken, weak, diminished, and defenseless. He came for those that the world disregards and casts aside.

And so that we would not miss it, or make the mistake of thinking this gift was not especially for me and for you, he marks this announcement with a display of glory and an entire chorus of angels. He knew we were hurt. He knew we would be afraid. Unsuspecting and caught off guard by such a generous gift, use to being overlooked, we would be frozen with astonishment at being remembered so audaciously.

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people. For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord! [Mic. 5:2.] (Luke 2:9-11 AMP)

He crossed the crowded room of VIP’s to extend His hand to the forgotten. He called himself the Good Shepherd and associated himself with the least qualified in society, escorting them to front row seats to not only witness the greatest moment of history, but forever be part of the story alongside kings and wise men.

He has qualified the unqualified. He has pursued us. He has invited us in.

the consent

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant.  May everything you have said about me come true.” 

Luke 1:38 (NLT)

Mary’s unhesitant yes is the hero’s story.  Her unfailing, immediate consent to the call from God, without buckling in the overwhelming uncertainty or the risk she was taking, is awe worthy.

Mary apparently knew the nature of God.  Upon hearing God’s plan she did not ask if, she asked how it would take place.  Inherent in her one question is her consent.

She is rewarded by the reassurance of His Presence covering her which is then reinforced by evidence of His faithfulness. Ultimately she claims His will over her life, desiring it in eager anticipation.

“May everything you have said about me come true.”

This is not a complacent response.  It is not a submissive yes.

Remember, her yes came earlier in the form of a question.  How?

This is the fearful, excited and hopeful step across a threshold.  This is her active entrance into the emerging plan of God with a heart and will passionately engaged.

“May everything you have said about me come true.”

This is courage and trust.  This is fully embracing blessing and protection.

This is knowing that God cannot lie and does not fail, even when circumstances seem to contradict and overwhelm.  This is trusting  all will be well and steady as He unfolds His design.

And so she blesses His Word and opens the door for He who would forever change the world.

“May everything you have said about me come true.”

A blessing can be described as the light over a person or situation.  A blessing can illuminate a path through the deepest darkness.

May we all have the courage and understanding to bless His Word in our lives, cross our thresholds and be light and hope to a world that desperately needs to embrace God’s love and all His promises.

May we all come to truly know God the Father through Christ His son until we are secure in the knowledge that:

He keeps his promises.

He provides.

His plans for us are good.

He loves us.

In Him we can place our hope.

So that we too can confidently say:

May everything you have said about me come true.

Amen.

 

 

 

beautiful

“It is God the only Son,
Who is close to the Father’s heart,
Who has made him known.”
John 1:18

The Word became human flesh. Jesus, the Word, was fully man.

He was born, grew, learned, labored, ate, drank, rested, was tempted, grieved and celebrated. He was one of us in every way we experience our humanity, even to death.

Why? To redeem it all. To restore the beauty and dignity we have as image bearers of the One true God. He came to restore us from our current state of deformed likeness caused by sin, to a truer image of God. And in doing so, in giving us a clearer picture and knowledge of God, he essentially was showing us how to be human.

He came to give us a pattern, a blueprint for navigating our lives. He came to show us how to resist the darkness and live in the light, as the light.

He came to tell you that you are that light when you embrace his gift, His Son. And in your humanity, as children of the light, you are beautiful in His sight.

“God saw that the light was beautiful.” (Genesis 1:4)