Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. – John 4:23-24
Shepherds in the Field
The shepherds in the fields were ordinary men. Some would even consider them less than ordinary because shepherding was not a very glamorous job. But they did it, faithfully caring for their sheep. This was an ordinary night for the shepherds. They had probably penned in their sheep for the night, counted them and laid down to rest. Then, the extraordinary happened. “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them” (Luke 2:9). This was something they had never seen before and something they would not see again. Imagine standing out in a field and the whole sky filling with angels singing God’s praises. That would be an unforgettable and life changing experience. The shepherds heard of the Savior’s birth from the angels and hurried to find Jesus. Because of the angels’ worship, they knew they needed to find the Messiah and worship Him too.
There was a tradition in the time of Jesus’ birth that the mother’s family would gather around her and celebrate the birth of the child with the father and mother. Because Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem for the census and because of the circumstances of the pregnancy, Mary and Joseph had no family around them to celebrate with. The shepherds’ arrival and their gift of worship to Jesus was the celebration of Jesus’ birth.
Jesus was not born in a kingly fashion. In fact, His birth would have been shameful for an earthly king. But Jesus was a divine king so His birth required a divine celebration by both the angels and the shepherds. The shepherds had a part in something so much bigger than they could ever imagine. Simply by worshipping Jesus, they were giving Him the celebration and the worship that He was worthy of, despite the circumstances around His birth. When we worship, we become part of something much bigger than us and we are giving God the glory He deserves.
I Can Worship Jesus.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
1. Is worship part of my daily life?
2. Even though the shepherds did not fully understand what was happening, they knew it was something important and worshipped anyway. Do I worship even when I do not understand the circumstances?
3. Does my worship revolve around me or around God?