What the Shepherds Show Us – Part 2 of 4: Reorder Our Affairs (Luke 2:15-20)

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What the Shepherds Show Us – Part 2 of 4: Reorder Our Affairs (Luke 2:15-20)

What do you do when God reveals the truth to you? Before you answer that question, consider what the Bible says about how some people responded to the revelation that the Truth had come into the world (Matthew 2:1-2; John 14:6).

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Upon hearing that the King of the Jews had been born, an evil and insecure ruler responded with a ruthless campaign to destroy the Son of God (Matthew 2:16-18). King Herod, for all his great building projects and adoption of Jewish culture, was not the true king of the Jews. And he knew it. The last thing he wanted was for the real King to come and take his rightful place in the lives of the people. In Herod’s vain effort to stay on a throne that did not belong to him lashed out against the truth. He tried to destroy the truth. In doing so Herod showed us a type of response to the revealing of truth: reject it.

The shepherds had an entirely different response. An angel told them that the Christ had been born in Bethlehem (Luke 2:8-11). The angel also gave the shepherds details that would help to identify the Child. What do they do with this truth? They hurry to see what has been reported to them (Luke 2:15-16). They make use of the details (swaddling cloths, manger, City of David) to find the newborn king. Although they were not commanded to go and see the Child, they rightly understood the reason for the revelation: God wanted them to come and see His Son. The revelation was actually an invitation – “Come to Jesus!” The shepherds show us another type of response to the revealing of truth: receive it and reorder your affairs around it.

Do you see the right response? The shepherds received the truth. In their discussion among themselves the announcement from the angel was counted as fact. From their perspective it had “come to pass.” They also reordered their affairs around it; they went with haste to see the child:

(Luke 2:15-16, NKJV) 15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.

God reveals the truth with the expectation that we will reorder our affairs around it. How have you responded to the good news about Jesus? He has not just come into the world but has also dealt with our sins through His death on the cross. (The proof was in His rise from the dead on the third day.) This information is made available to you, as it was to the shepherds, as an invitation to come to Jesus.

In His grip by His grace,
Roderick Barnes