God Dances Amidst the Common
There’s one word that describes the night Jesus came—ordinary. It was an ordinary night with ordinary sheep and ordinary shepherds. And were it not for a God who loves to hook an “extra” on the front of the ordinary, the night would have gone unnoticed. But God dances amidst the common. And that night, He did a waltz! The night was ordinary no more.
The announcement went first to the shepherds. They didn’t ask God if He was sure He knew what He was doing. Theologians would have consulted their commentaries. The elite would have looked to see if anyone was watching. The successful would have first looked to their calendars. The angels went to the shepherds. Men who didn’t know enough to tell God that messiahs aren’t found sleeping in a feed trough. God comes to the common—because His most powerful tools are the simplest!
Linger Near the Manger
Christianity was born in one big heavenly interruption! Just ask the Bethlehem shepherds! They had no expectations of excitement. These are sheep they’re watching. We count sheep to go to sleep! Shepherds treasured the predictable. This was the night shift. Any excitement was bad excitement—wolves, lions, poachers. Just because they wanted a calm night, didn’t mean they would get it.
Luke 2 says, “Then an angel of the Lord stood before them. The glory of the Lord shining around them, and they became very frightened” (v 9). We always assume the worst before we look for the best. It’s a good thing the shepherds lingered; otherwise, they might have missed the second message. “Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ the Lord” (v 11).
I hope you’ll do what the shepherds did—linger near the manger!
From In the Manger