This is the first year I’ve been intentional about digging into the Christmas story. I think we’ve all heard the story; Caesar sent out a decree for everyone to register for the census so that he knew everyone was paying their taxes. Mary and Joseph couldn’t find room so they ended up setting up camp in a barn near the farm animals. Mary gave birth to baby Jesus and they placed him in the manger. The Three Wise Men, the star. But the part that keeps sticking out to me is this,
“Then, an angel of the Lord found a group of shepherds in a nearby field and told them “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people” – Luke 2:10 ”
Shepherds were the first to know about Jesus’s birth — God could have sent the angels to tell royalty, religious leaders, wealthy people, or government officials, but instead He was purposeful in choosing the shepherds to be the first to know. The ones who slept in fields at night and likely smelled like the animals they watched over. The people often considered “nobodies.”
This isn’t just a story about a baby being born in a barn. This is a story about a Savior who is for everyone. Who loves each of us more than we can ever comprehend, just because.
Socioeconomic status, race, gender, education; none of that matters to Him. He loves us all the same, and the proof is right here in black and white.