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2:9-20 (Luke 2:9-20) Shepherds in the pastures near Bethlehem are visited by angels, and they are taken to view the newborn Jesus in his manger.Following that, they express their gratitude to God, and everyone they encounter is taken aback by what they have learned about the kid.Beit Sahur is a neighborhood in Beit Sahur.The shepherds were in the fields near Bethlehem when an angel of the Lord came to them, according to Luke, and ″the glory of the Lord was dazzling around them″ (Luke 2:9).According to the Hebrew scriptures, the glory of the Lord (also known as the ‘Shekinah’ in the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible) denoted the brilliant, glowing presence of God himself (also known as ‘kabod’ in the Hebrew scriptures).
″And the glory of the Lord shined around them,″ the Bible says (Luke 2:9) Mount Sinai was illuminated by the brightness of the Lord, which filled the tabernacle – the tent in which the Ark of the Covenant was stored – when Moses saw it (see Exodus 24:16).(see Exodus 40:34-35).When the Ark of the Covenant was relocated to the Temple in Jerusalem, the Temple was filled with God’s splendour (see 1 Kings 8:11).According to Ezekiel’s prophetic vision, God’s holy presence (known as the ‘Shekinah’) had departed the Temple right before it was destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC, and had returned to heaven (see Ezekiel 10:18-19).When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the bright, glorious presence of God re-appeared on the face of the planet for the first time in centuries.
It was the brightness of the Lord (doxa) that appeared to the shepherds in their fields on a hillside near Bethlehem that demonstrated God’s direct physical presence in the world.Even today, sheep are still grown on the steep hillsides outside of the settlement of Beit Sahur, near Bethlehem, which are known as the Shepherds’ Fields.Near Bethlehem, the Shepherds’ Fields are located outside of the settlement of Beit Sahur.Since emperor Theodosius declared Christianity to be the official religion of the Roman empire in 380AD, Jesus’ birthday has been celebrated in late December (or early January in the eastern Orthodox churches), but no one knows for certain when he was born in Bethlehem, where he was raised by his mother Mary.Prior to Christmas Day becoming the official replacement for the Roman mid-winter festival of the ‘Unconquered Sun’ on December 25, the 3rd century Christian historian Sextus Julius Africanus, who devised one of the first Biblical chronologies, believed that Jesus was born on March 25, not December 25.The warmer months of March or April through November were traditionally the only times when sheep were allowed to be kept out of doors overnight in Palestine.
- In December, it was too chilly for the local sheep to be left out in the cold during the brisk winter nights of December.
- Consequently, it is more likely that Jesus was born between March and November of the year 2000.
- Assuming the angels appeared to the shepherds while they were on their way to Jerusalem to deliver sacrificial lambs for the Jewish Passover festival, it is possible that Jesus was actually born in March or April, just before the Jewish Passover festival.
- There are two churches in the vicinity of Beit Sahur that welcome visitors to the Shepherds’ Fields, both of which claim to be the location of a heavenly visitation.
- The contemporary Greek Orthodox church in Kenisat er-Ruwat was built on the site of a church that was originally built in the 5th century and restored in the 7th century, as well as again in the 14th century.
- As early as the 4th century AD, a mosaic floor reveals that the cave under this church was regarded as the resting place of shepherds, and that same cave continues to be so today.
- The Franciscan church in Khirbet Siyr el-Ghanem, which was erected in 1954 on the site of a monastery dating back to the 4th century, was dedicated to St.
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The Christmas Story – The Shepherds and Angels
What was it about the Shepherds that made them the first individuals to learn of Jesus’ birth? And what a fantastic method in which they learned about it!
The Story in the Bible
Shepherds were also there in the same territory, camped out in the field and keeping watch over their flocks during the night.In the midst of it all, an angel of the Lord stood beside them, and they were scared as the glory of the Lord shined around them.″Do not be frightened, for behold, I bring you good news of great pleasure that will be shared by all the people,″ the angel assured them.For there has been born to you today in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord, who has come to save you from your sins.A newborn wrapped in fabric strips and reclining in a feeding dish will serve as a signal for you to proceed.″ At that moment, a multitude of angels appeared with him, hailing God and exclaiming, ″Glory be to the highest, and on earth peace, good will among all peoples.″ ″Let us travel to Bethlehem right away and see what has occurred,″ the shepherds agreed as the angels flew away from them into the sky.
″Let us go to Bethlehem right away and see what has happened,″ the shepherds agreed.They arrived in a hurried manner and saw Mary and Joseph, as well as the infant, who was resting in the feeding trough.When they saw it, they immediately shared the statement that had been shared with them regarding this kid.All who heard it were taken aback by the things that the shepherds had said to them in their language.Mary, on the other hand, saved all of these sayings and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, worshiping and thanking God for everything they had heard and seen, exactly as they had been advised to do by their guides.Luke 2:8-20 (KJV)
The History behind the Shepherds and Angels in the Christmas Story
In those days, many people believed that sheep farmers were typically regarded as having little or no worth by their fellow human beings.The ‘fat tailed’ (also known as wide tailed) sheep that the shepherds would have been rearing were the sort that would have been raised.They frequently had lambs in the fall and winter, rather than the spring, which is the time of year when most sheep in western nations give birth.The shepherds were calmly going about their job when an angel appeared in front of them and told them to be still.It’s hardly surprising that they were scared!
When the angel spoke to them, he informed them about Jesus and his miraculous birth, and he explained how they could recognize him in such a populous town as theirs.There are striking similarities between the words spoken by the armies of angels and those chanted during a sacrificial rite in the temple when there were three blasts of the temple trumpets.Considering that this was just the second occasion in the whole Bible when a group of angels appeared rather than a single angel appeared to mankind, it was clear that they had a very important message to deliver to them.However, the Bible states that there are millions of angels, so it would have been an incredible experience to have been surrounded by that many of them.More information about angels may be found at the sibling site of this one, whychristmas?com, whyangels?com.
Jesus may have been born a few miles outside of Bethlehem, according to one hypothesis, and he may have done so in the presence of shepherds.Just a few miles outside of Bethlehem, there existed a particular watchtower known as the Migdal Eder, which literally translated means ‘The Tower of the Flock.’ Sheep bred in the area are believed to have been used as sacrificial animals in the Jewish Temple in nearby Jerusalem.As a result, they were seen as exceptional, and shepherds in general were regarded as superior than ordinary shepherds.Many people believe the lambs at Migdal Eder were given a health check by being placed in a manger (or in a rock pit to keep them from running away), and they were even dressed up in swaddling clothes to demonstrate that they were special!More information regarding this hypothesis may be found on the pathos blog.One old Bible prophecy also stated that the Jewish messiah will come to the ‘tower of the sheep,’ which is located in Jerusalem (Micah 4:8).
- Despite the fact that I am not sure that Jesus was literally ″born″ at ‘Migdal Eder,’ the fact that those shepherds were the first to be informed of Jesus’ birth makes a great deal of sense.
- As a result of their encounter with the newborn, the Bible states that ″they spread the news about what had been told them about this child, and everyone who heard it was surprised at what the shepherds reported to them.″ If they had been shepherds from Migdal Eder, they could have told the people they encountered on the way back to the hills, their friends and relatives in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, the’middle class’ people to whom they sold sheep, and the people and priests at the Jewish Temple when they brought their best sheep and lambs to be sold there for sacrifices, that they were from the region.
- If you had told the shepherds and the people they informed that this highly exceptional baby had been born in a ‘regular’ house (or in the Migdal Eder), rather than in an expensive house or a royal palace, they would have thought you were crazy!
The Real Truth About the Shepherds on That First Christmas Night
″For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord,″ the prophet Isaiah writes in the book of Isaiah.Luke 2:11 (NIV) On this particular night, the shepherds were out and about, keeping an eye on their flocks of sheep and safeguarding them from predators like they would on any other night of the year.Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the angels of heaven arrived and announced the greatest news in the history of news: the birth of Jesus Christ!
According to popular belief, the shepherds were impoverished, smelly, and ragamuffin.However, like with many stories, they might get distorted through time as a result of cultural influences.Yes, they were smelly and possibly a little untidy, but they were not the destitute, country-bumpkin farmers eking out a livelihood as we’ve always been told they were.The truth is that they were far further up the social ladder than that.
So, who were these shepherds in the first place?If they weren’t the poorest of the poor, and hence uniquely selected by God as a result, then why these particular individuals?A short look at the responsibilities of Jewish priests reveals everything…without deflating the romantic froth that surrounded that first Noel’s appearance.The tale is laid out for us in Luke 2:8–20.
- ″There were shepherds in the same country who were camped out in the field and keeping watch over their flock at night.″ They were startled when they saw an angel of the Lord standing beside them, and the glory of the Lord shined around them.″ ‘Don’t be scared, because behold, I bring you good news of great pleasure that will be shared by all the people,’ the angel explained.
- For today, in the city of David, a Savior has been born to you, and his name is Christ the Lord.
- You should look for a baby wrapped in strips of cloth resting in a feeding trough.’″Suddenly, there was a multitude of the celestial army around the angel, singing praises to God and proclaiming: ″Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will toward mankind.″ ‘Let’s travel to Bethlehem, immediately, and see what has occurred,’ the shepherds exclaimed to one another as the angels flew away from them into the sky.
- They arrived in a hurried manner and saw Mary and Joseph, as well as the infant, who was resting in the feeding trough.
- When they saw it, they immediately made the saying that had been said to them regarding this infant widely known.
- All who heard it were taken aback by the things that the shepherds had said to them in their language.
- Mary, on the other hand, saved all of these sayings and pondered them in her heart.
- As the story goes, ″the shepherds returned, worshiping and thanking God for everything they had heard and seen, exactly as it had been told to them.″ (WEB) The most common narrative we hear about these shepherds is that they were impoverished and filthy.
- Following this is the concept that Jesus came to these impoverished shepherds because it was God’s will for him to appear to ″the least of these,″ which means ″the least of them.″ Because it was the disadvantaged with whom Jesus was most concerned, it was believed that by coming to them first, Jesus was signaling His desire to reach the have-nots of society before appearing before any authority.
- That is, to a certain extent, correct.
- Jesus, of course, had (and continues to have) a love for individuals who are despondent and in pain, as well as for everyone else.
- These shepherds, on the other hand, were not outcasts from society.
Rather than being shepherds, the shepherds we read about in Luke were really doing Temple tasks, and the only people who were permitted to conduct Temple responsibilities were priests.It is only of the Mishnah that we know they were priests.The Mishnah is a collection of papers that preserve oral traditions that ruled the Jewish people during the period of the Pharisees.The Mishnah is divided into three sections: One of its restrictions declares that it ″expressly restricts the keeping of sheep throughout the country of Israel, with the exception of the wilderness — and the only animals permitted to be maintained would be those used for Temple ceremonies″ (Bab K.7:7; 80a).Unlike the ordinary shepherds, these shepherds were in the fields near Bethlehem rather than out in the desert where the sheep were kept.
- As a result, they had to have been priests.
- For what reason would priests be assigned to lowly shepherding responsibilities for the Temple?
- This is due to the fact that the sheep were scheduled to be sacrificed during the Passover celebration.
- Before the lambs were slaughtered, it was the priests’ responsibility to ensure that they were free of blemishes and fully unhurt.
- In another passage from the Mishnah, it is said that the Messiah would be revealed from the Migdal Eder, which translates as ″tower of the sheep.″ It was a real tower that existed just outside of town, within the grounds of the Temple priests’ compound.
- You may think of it as a sort of observation tower.
- It was the priest’s responsibility to remain in the Migdal Eder throughout the night.
- In light of the tower’s height, the shepherd priest was responsible for ″watching over the sheep by night,″ while the other shepherds were responsible for ″watching over the flock by day.″ (Isn’t it wonderful how such a small word can convey such a great deal of significance in the Bible?) Given that the shepherds were in the fields on a consistent basis, they were most certainly filthy, but they were not a group of impoverished shepherds.
- Their dedication to the church’s leaders, the Pharisees, resulted in an increase in social standing.
- No matter how you look at it, they were still shepherds in their hearts and minds.
- And it was at that moment that the angel appeared, bearing some very excellent news.
- Far if the notion that the angels appeared initially to impoverished, illiterate rural shepherds makes a great deal of sense, the truth is even more compelling.
- As you can see, these priests were involved in the church’s practice of animal sacrifices.
- Among other things, it was their responsibility to prepare the sheep for the Passover holiday and other Jewish festivities.
- Then, seemingly out of nowhere, an angel from heaven appears to them, interrupting the silence of the night and delivering an update to Moses’ Law.
- While it is likely that the shepherds were unaware of what was taking place, the angel was hand-delivering a message to them, informing them that the time for animal sacrifice was drawing to a close, and they were the first to find out.
- ″For there is born to you today, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord,″ the Bible says.
- Luke 2:11 (NIV) He was finally born as the promised Messiah, the Savior of the world, whom the priests had been hearing about from the prophets for hundreds of years.
- It was no longer essential to provide animal sacrifices.
Now, via His death and resurrection, Jesus would prove to be the ultimate and perfect sacrifice, paying the price for man’s sin once and for all.It’s no surprise that these priests rushed ″with haste″ (v.16) to see the kid the angel had mentioned.I’m sure you’d be running as well, wouldn’t you?The size of their eyes and the length of their jaws must have fallen when they saw a baby laying in a feeding trough, wrapped in a swaddling cloth, exactly as the angel had said.
- Regarding the swaddling cloths, just a little aside…
- These weren’t just any old clothes.
- The rags Mary and Joseph used were neither rags Mary and Joseph brought from home or rags they happened to discover in the stable.
- These weren’t different from the cloths used by the church — notably, the shepherd priests — to keep the lambs clean and free of blemishes while the lambs were being readied for the offering.
- It is unclear where Mary and Joseph obtained the cloths, but theologians assume that they came from the priest Zacharias, whose wife, Elizabeth, is Mary’s cousin, and that they were given to them by Elizabeth.
- Keeping in mind that Mary had resided in their home for three months while she was pregnant, it’s possible that the clothes were a type of baby shower present.
- As a result, the shepherds discovered baby Jesus, who had been wrapped in priestly robes.
- This is exactly what I’m looking for.
- As the Lamb of God (John 1:29) and the great High Priest, it is only fair that He should be slaughtered like a lamb for the salvation of all people at some point in the future.
What a blessing it is to know that the Messiah has arrived!What a blessing it is that we no longer have to sacrifice animals because of the price that Jesus paid on our behalf.We don’t have to be separated from Him again since He came to earth to be the perfect Lamb, without blemish or sin.
- It is recorded in the Bible that the shepherds ″returned, glorifying and thanking God for everything that they had heard and seen″ after witnessing Jesus with their own eyes (Luke 10:20).
- In his book, The Message, author Eugene Peterson writes that the shepherds ″let free, worshiping and worshipping God,″ as he describes it.
- Knowing that the Savior of the world has arrived should inspire all of us to express our joy in His presence.
- From my family to yours, I wish you and yours a very happy Christmas!
When Did Shepherds Visit Jesus?  – The Dog Visitor
- Content Shepherds are informed of the birth of Jesus Christ in this video.
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- The shepherds pay a visit to Jesus, and there are ten more responses. Simone Bahringer responded to your question on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 11:07 a.m. Near Bethlehem, the Shepherds’ Fields are located outside of the settlement of Beit Sahur. Since emperor Theodosius declared Christianity to be the official religion of the Roman empire in 380AD, Jesus’ birthday has been celebrated in late December (or early January in the eastern Orthodox churches), but no one knows for certain when he was born in Bethlehem, where he was raised by his mother Mary. Cassie Leffler responded to your question on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 10:29 p.m. As a result, when the Lord was born, the angels were filled with joy. They were filled with joy on the night of the first Christmas, so many years ago. And it was with great delight that they delivered the good news to a small group of shepherds who were out in the fields that night keeping an eye on their sheep. They were well aware, however, that the Lord’s birth was merely the beginning of the story. Jesus would develop from birth to adulthood during the course of his life. Haley Kutch responded to your question on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 2:04 PM. The Magi may have paid Mary and Joseph a visit weeks or perhaps months after the shepherds paid them a visit, if they had found lodging in a home during that time (verse 11). The Magi are referred regarded be rulers in certain legends. Desmond Christiansen responded to this question on Thursday, June 24, 2021 12:38 a.m. They returned with thanks and praise for everything that they had heard and seen, according to what had been related to them by the shepherds. As soon as the eight days for the circumcision of the kid were over, the child’s name was changed to Jesus, which was the name given to him by an angel before he was created in the womb. What We Know About the Shepherds Currently Available Muhammad D’Amore responded to your question on Thursday, June 24, 2021 3:44 AM. On the night of Jesus’ birth, only the shepherds were told to come and see him. This does not happen until many months later, when Jesus is almost two years old and the wise men arrive with their gifts. Is it possible that the Star of Bethlehem appeared that night? That is correct
- neither the Shepherds nor the angels say anything, yet they are aware of it. Luke 2:13-14 King James Version — (Bold emphasis Mine) Leola Bergnaum responded to your question on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 1:47 a.m. The three wise men arrived some two years after Jesus’ birth, not at the manger, but at the home of Joseph and Mary, while Jesus was still ″a small kid,″ according to the Bible. That is why this instruction is being given. When did the three wise men pay a visit to Jesus? has been purposefully postponed until after what we believe to be Christmas. Carissa Roberts responded to your question on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 5:01 a.m. Luke 1:26-56
- 3:26-56 (The Annunciation to Mary and the Birth of Jesus) Luke 2:8-20 (The Visitation of the Shepherd) We will note some significant differences between Luke’s narrative of Jesus’ birth and Matthew’s account of Jesus’ birth in the sections we will read this week. The focus of Luke’s account is on Mary and the shepherds, but the focus of Matthew’s story is on Joseph and the Magi. Sadie Erdman responded to your question on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 11:11 p.m. When shepherds and their sheep were permitted to enter and remain in these agricultural fields, it was in the fall following harvest, when farmers allowed the shepherds into their fields with their flocks so that the sheep may ″clean″ their fields by eating the straw. This suggests that Jesus was born in the fall rather than the winter. Martin Batz responded to your question on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 1:32 p.m. The angel Gabriel visited the town of Nazareth in Galilee, where he announced to a virgin named Mary, who was engaged to a man named Joseph, that she would give birth to a son, whom she was to name Jesus, because he would be the son of God and rule over Israel forever. This occurred during the reign of Herod, the king of Judea at the time. Will Mitchell responded to your question on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 3:30 PM. The shepherds hastened to Bethlehem, knowing that the ″town of David″ referred to Bethlehem, and they arrived just in time to view Jesus in the stable. After seeing the infant, the Bible states, ″. they spread the news about what had been told them about this child, and everyone who heard it was astounded at what the shepherds had spoken to them″ (Luke 6:17b-18, NIV). Price of a Labra Dog
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The shepherds bring various presents to the newborn Jesus, including gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, among other things.What is the total number of shepherds in the nativity scene?There were four shepherds in the nativity scene, according to historians, according to their research.So, who were the shepherds in the story of the Bible?
Abel was the very first shepherd.Abraham served as the second shepherd.What exactly is the present that the shepherds gave to Christ?The shepherds did not provide any presents, according to the Bible, which is not mentioned.Who were the shepherds who were the first to come to Jesus’ feet to honor him?
- The shepherds who came to meet Jesus were just regular shepherds; they were the lowest of the lowly, and their names were not listed in the Bible.
- When do shepherds receive their training to become shepherds?
- Shepherds are born with the instinct to herd; all that is required is for the trainer to instill directives such as ″go herd!″ in their minds.
- ″Stop herding!″ ″Herd the flock over here!″ ″Herd the flock over here!″ When may puppy purchasers come to see the puppies?
- Veterinarians that suggest that pups be vaccinated typically wait until they are 6-8 weeks old before doing so.
- This is due to the fact that by the time they are 6-8 weeks old, most pups will have lost too much maternal antibodies to provide adequate protection against disease AND too little antibody to prevent a vaccination from functioning.
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Average Age for German Shepherds
The average lifespan of a German Shepherd is between ten and thirteen years.Larger dogs, on the other hand, put more pressure on their bodies and, as a result, do not live as long, no matter how well they are cared for.Smaller dogs, on the other hand, can live up to seventeen or twenty years.
When do German shepherds reach full maturity?The physical maturity of a German Shepherd can be achieved between the ages of 18 and 24 months, or 1 12 and 2 years.Although certain Eastern European lines develop more slowly than others, some do not attain full maturity until they are 36 months old, as is the case with several Russian lines.In what year was shepherd’s delight first created?
Shepherds Delight was founded in the year 1980 by David Shepherd.
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The German Shepherd, as the name implies, was developed in Germany during the late nineteenth century.It was decided to breed the most intelligent, attentive, and obedient native shepherd dogs in Germany in order to produce the breed that we now know as the German Shepherd.This breed was tasked with herding sheep and defending flocks from predators, among other responsibilities.
What was it about the shepherds that drew God’s attention to the birth of Jesus?Aside from the animals in the barn, these shepherds are the first witnesses to the birth of Jesus in the literal sense.″Because God isn’t concerned with wealth,″ we may hear the rationale stated frequently.As a result, he picked one of the most modest persons in the country to be present at the lowly birth of our Savior.
What was the reason for the shepherds’ hearing the angels’ announcement of Jesus’ birth?In order to demonstrate God’s love for everyone Billy Graham, a well-known and popular preacher, thinks that God selected shepherds to proclaim Christ’s advent in order to demonstrate His immense love for all people.Shepherds were not merely low-status individuals tasked with keeping an eye on a flock of sheep; according to Graham, they were despised by a large number of people.
Was Jesus Good Shepherd School established at a specific point in time?The Jesus Good Shepherd School was founded in 1965 by a group of dedicated individuals.What happened to the shepherds who were present at the birth of Jesus and who disappeared after that?
Their lives were that of poor, humble shepherds out in the field; the Bible doesn’t say anything further about them after they went to meet the infant Jesus.When can folks bring their newborn puppies to see them?Veterinarians that suggest that pups be vaccinated typically wait until they are 6-8 weeks old before doing so.This is due to the fact that by the time they are 6-8 weeks old, most pups will have lost too much maternal antibodies to provide adequate protection against disease AND too little antibody to prevent a vaccination from functioning.
What did the shepherds do once the angels had left them to their own devices?cry
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about 18 months old
A German Shepherd, like many other large dog breeds, is not considered completely developed until he or she is around 18 months old.Female German Shepherds are fully mature when they reach the age of two years.Males, on the other hand, who grow to be significantly larger than their female counterparts, achieve their full size around the age of two and a half years.
When do german shepherds seem to be the most active?When they are pups and when they are being played with by someone.When are german shepherds permitted to have puppies?In order to achieve the best results, one should begin breeding their female GSD at around two years of age and cease when she reaches the age of eight years.
The mother may get confused and suffer major mental consequences if she breeds during her first or even second heat cycle.She may also neglect her puppies, resulting in serious mental consequences.When did Shepherds Railway Station officially close its doors?It was announced in 1963 that Shepherds railway station will be closed.When do Australian shepherds reach the end of their growth cycle?
- When they reach the age of roughly 2 years, Australian shepherds stop growing.
The Shepherds Visit Jesus in Bethlehem (King James Version)
By the Reverend Eric Carswell They were comforted by the angel, who said, ″Do not fear, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be to all humanity.″ For there is born to you today in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, who is your hope and your salvation.(See also Luke 2:10-11) Those words of the angel were really excellent tidings, bringing great joy to the hearts of those who heard them.However, while neither the shepherds nor anyone else on the planet realized the significance of what was happening that night, the angels did, and they had been eagerly anticipating this moment for hundreds of years.
They were well aware of the reason for the enormous celebration.The long-awaited Messiah, the Savior and Redeemer of mankind, had now arrived on the scene in the flesh.The shepherds were able to witness the unrestrained delight of the sky.There was a sudden influx of the celestial host around the angel who had spoken to them, all of whom were praising God and chanting things like ″Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward mankind.″ (See Luke 2:14 for more information.) What was it that made the angels so happy?
In the voice of the angel that spoke to the shepherds, we can detect the joy in his voice.It’s easy to image the shiver of awe that must have swept over the shepherds’ shoulders when they heard the tremendous sound of the celestial throng worshipping God.What exactly was the cause of the angels’ happiness?They were asked to reflect on what the birth of the Lord on the earth meant to them.Since the beginning of mankind’s descent into wickedness, the angels had been forewarned that the Lord would be born on the planet.
- They were right.
- Immediately after the first of the Lord’s people began to move away from naively following Him, the angels were able to predict what would happen in basic terms.
- Because of the way the human mind worked and continues to operate, the angels were able to predict that the force of evil, once unleashed, would progressively grow in strength.
- (See, for example, Arcana Coelestia 4687:2) They realized that the human race would someday drift so far away from the Lord that it would no longer be able to know anything truth or do anything good.
- They were terrified that this would happen.
- After a period of time, they recognized that the human race would completely turn away from the Lord’s life and blessings, and they understood that after such a period of time, no human being would ever choose a heavenly life but would be condemned to the anger, discontent, and destructiveness of an evil life.
- While evil was beginning to manifest itself, the Lord instantly foretold in prophecy that He would come to earth as a Savior in order to ensure that all people would always have a genuine option between living in heaven or hell for the rest of their lives.
- Because of predictions that were delivered to humans on earth, both they and the angels were aware that the Lord was about to arrive.
- The angels realized that He would come in the form of the Word become flesh, shining as a light across the earth.
- A natural body would progressively fill with His limitless spirit while He waited for it to do so.
- He would permit the formation of a mind within the workings of a normal brain – one that is identical to yours and mine.
- He would be taught the tales and regulations of the Old Testament in the same way that a youngster today would be taught them.
His next move was one that no finite mortal was capable of.That natural mind, as well as the entire spiritual universe, would gradually come to understand the unlimited life contained within revealed truth.He took words and notions of truth that may possibly exist within a human mind and revealed their hidden splendor to the world around him.He needed to share this discovery with the world as part of His purpose on earth.It was a necessary element of the process known as ″the glorification″ in the Writings of the New Church, which means ″glorification of God.″ After being shrouded by evil’s darkness and obscured by limiting human intellect, the Lord revealed his boundless knowledge and love.
- To the revealed truth, the Lord Jesus Christ bestowed a power that is the source of salvation for those who strive to follow it – for all who seek to follow revealed truth while also trying to serve their fellow human beings.
- The Lord took on the form of the Word made flesh in order for us to witness His splendor and to receive the light that will provide us with eternal life.
- All of this was prophesied to take place in the far future when the Lord’s birth was first predicted.
- Despite this, the prophesies themselves were quite powerful.
- They were encouraging words, to be sure, but they were also something more.
- Because of faith in the promise of these predictions, something exceedingly powerful occurred in and of itself.
- Human beings and God were able to establish a loving connection as a result of their faith in the Lord who was to come.
- (From the Arcana Coelestia, year 2034) Untold numbers of individuals were given life and blessings as a result of this religion.
- It provided sustenance for many members of the human race until the Lord’s birth truly occurred.
- The Lord reaffirmed His promise of His second coming again and over again in the Scriptures.
- However, a long period of time passed, and the prophecy of the Messiah was all but forgotten.
- A few people hung on to their hope and waited, watching for the Lord to appear on a daily basis.
- wise men from lands far away from Judea scanned the night sky for signs that the Messiah had been born, and when they spotted the star of wonder, they set out on a trip to offer gifts to the newborn child.
- An elderly man in Jerusalem was likewise looking forward to the arrival of the Savior.
- When Simeon first saw the newborn Jesus and took Him in his arms, it was a moving moment.
- ″Lord, now let Your servant go in peace, according to Your promise; For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared before the faces of all people: a light to shine before the Gentiles and the glory of Your people Israel,″ he said, speaking from a pleased heart.
- (See also Luke 2:29-32) Simeon undoubtedly grasped the significance of the Lord’s birth to a certain extent.
- No one else on the planet, on the other hand, did.
- The angels, on the other hand, were aware of what the advent entailed.
The angels, too, had relied on the predictions of the Lord’s arrival for their survival.If the angels had not been shown the process of the Lord’s glorification through the internal sense of the Word and also through the rites of the Jewish Church, we are taught that the Lord would have been forced to come into the world immediately after the fall of the first church from mankind’s apex, which was the golden age of mankind.Aspects of the Arcana Coelestia 2523:1 may be found here.The Old Testament functioned as a comprehensive prophesy of Jesus’ life, down to the tiniest details, for the angels who guarded the tomb.
- The angels were aware of His genuine thoughts and perceptions during His whole time on earth because of the Old Testament.
- The angels were able to maintain their optimism because of the prophesy.
- Because of this, they were able to keep their concerns in check as they predicted the growing might of evil.
- Their intense fear was not only a broad concern about a question of principle or about the war of evil versus good in an abstract form; it was also a concern about the safety of their loved ones.
- They were deeply worried about the redemption of each and every soul on earth.
- They could see that the chances of anyone making it to paradise were considerably diminished.
- They took action.
- The angels are well aware of the status of the church’s relations with the human race, and they are concerned.
- We offer them with a solid basis.
Because of the weakness and ignorance of the church in the hearts and minds of people around the world, the foundation is jeopardized.When the people of the church are misled by erroneous notions and driven by evil, we are taught that the angels are saddened by their actions.Yes, the heavens are reliant on the individuals who make up the church on earth to function properly.
- If the church’s relationship with human beings were to entirely break, the skies that are currently linked with humans would have to be moved to other worlds, and life on our planet would come to an end.
- The angels, on the other hand, were not concerned about their personal well-being.
- Other people’s pleasure was what they were concerned about.
- Above everything things, they want to see people happy, thus they put happiness first.
- ″To save a soul from torment, the angels would view death as nothing; fact, if it were possible, they would suffer through hell for that soul,″ according to the passage we read.
(Arcana Coelestia 2077:2; Arcana Coelestia 2077:3) The angels suffered with and on behalf of people who were lost in spiritual obscurity.They wept for the grief that had engulfed the lives of so many people.They waited, but were unable to make things better for everyone who was suffering at the time.
They waited, praying and hoping for the best.These people were well aware that the darkness and suffering would come to an end when Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer, appeared in splendor.As a result, when the Lord was born, the angels were filled with joy.They were filled with joy on the night of the first Christmas, so many years ago.
- And it was with great delight that they delivered the good news to a small group of shepherds who were out in the fields that night keeping an eye on their sheep.
- They were well aware, however, that the Lord’s birth was merely the beginning of the story.
- Jesus would develop from birth to adulthood during the course of his life.
- He would be forced to fight against the mind-numbing effects of evil on an ongoing basis.
- His struggles would last all the way to the ultimate trial on the crucifixion.
When He emerged from the grave on the first Easter, He would have brought His labor to a successful conclusion.He resurrected not only as Jesus, but also as the infinite God, Jesus Christ our Lord, who manifested himself in the form of flesh and blood.The angels saw that a great deal needed to happen before humans could genuinely be free to choose a life that was not filled with agony and spiritual emptiness as in hell on the first Christmas.However, after decades of waiting, hoping, and praying for this day to arrive, it had finally arrived.
For all people, according to the words of the angel, the birth of the Lord was certainly excellent news, bringing them great pleasure.The birth and life of the Lord did not imply that wicked loves and misguided concepts had been rendered impotent.A great number of people have and will select good affections and genuine ideals as a result of the Lord’s restoration of freedom, but not everyone will.Because of the evil that we may witness at both huge and little scales, our hearts might be troubled, and we can get disheartened or even angry at times.
Swedenborg describes a noteworthy event that took place in the life after death that he had himself, and it dealt with a period of despondency he had experienced (Conjugial Love 81).With so many couples in such a bad state of affairs, he had been hurt in spirit as a result of his thoughts.Suddenly, while he was walking and talking regretfully with an angel about these things, a dazzling burst of light filled the whole sky and he heard the music of an angelic choir resounding over the expanse of space.
- According to the angel, the different songs of joy they were hearing in connection with the Lord’s coming, such as: ″Prepare the way of Jehovah,″ which was a voice crying out in the desert, were all tied to his coming.
- As you can see, the Lord Jehovah has arrived in power.
- He will care for His sheep in the manner of a shepherd.
- In Isaiah 40:3, 10-11, the Bible says A Child has been born to us, and a Son has been given to us, and his name shall be.
Wonderful, Counselor, God, Hero, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace are some of the words that come to mind.In Isaiah 9:6, the Bible says In addition, there were quotes regarding the Lord’s second coming to the earth.According to Swedenborg, ″When I heard these things and realized what they meant, my heart leapt, and I returned home filled with happiness″ (Conjugial Love 81:5).As we all know, this did not imply that the period of pain and difficulty in marriages would be over soon.However, it did imply that there was still hope and a future.
If we spend too much time looking at the pain and suffering, it might become all that we perceive, and the Lord’s involvement will be reduced to a minor abstraction.In this state of mind, there is little reason to be joyful, no reason to be hopeful, and little energy to do everything we can.The Lord and His angels would not want us to be in this situation.When we think of the birth of the Lord, we might be filled with gladness as well.We would not be living today if it had not been for the Lord’s intervention.The fact is that nothing could have saved us from our natural patterns of thinking and decision, which caused ourselves and others suffering, and which brought the reality of hell into our lives if the Lord had not bent the heavens and come down.
It is beneficial for us to come to terms with the fact that these inherent patterns of thinking and decision are detrimental in nature.The delight of the angels, on the other hand, demonstrates something of the genuine spirit of Christmas.Their happiness was not based on the fact that they had personally profited from the advent.
- The nature of angelic love is to share in another’s happiness as if it were one’s own.
- The angels’ happiness was for the benefit of all humans.
- They were filled with pleasure as they realized the significance of the birth of Jesus in the lives of so many people.
- When we consider what the Lord’s arrival means to all of those we care about, we might get a sense of their delight and happiness.
- It is not always simple to stand by and observe while our loved ones and those we know develop and grow.
- Perhaps we are concerned that they are making poor decisions and that we will be unable to prevent them from doing so without taking away their vital freedom.
- It is at this point that we must recall the Lord’s arrival.
- Given that the Lord was born into the world, He is able to be extremely close to us, teaching and guiding us and our loved ones with His incomparably vast wisdom and boundless love.
- He has come to them in order to guide them in receiving as much of the joy of heaven as they are capable of receiving.
- We may be able to rejoice in the realization that things may not be as hopeless as they appear at times.
- A clear understanding of the Lord’s role can actually increase the amount of energy and focus we have available to provide wise assistance to those in our immediate vicinity.
- We can be heartened by the knowledge that a limitless and loving God is close by, and that He is also actively involved in the lives of all human beings.
- And when we witness their delight when they do what is good and right, we may recognize a part of this joy in ourselves and express our gratitude to the Lord for doing so.
- With the angels, the experience of another’s happiness is multiplied many times over.
- The pleasure with which the angels celebrated the birth of the Lord may be seen in the video below.
- They were joyful because the Lord had shown His compassion and kindness to all of us via His actions.
- If we can share in the delight of the angels, we will be able to experience a small taste of the actual joy of Christmas.
- The heavenly chorus’ words, ″Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward mankind,″ may flood our hearts with excitement as we sing along with them.
- (See, for example, Luke 2:10)
What Do We Know about the Shepherds at Jesus’ Birth?
The four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John serve as the foundation of the New Testament.These four books chronicle the story of the coming of the Messiah, who is also known as Jesus the Christ.Only one of these four books takes us through the events leading up to Jesus’ birth.
In Matthew, we are only given Jesus’ lineage; in John, we are told of Jesus’ Godhead (the Word became flesh); and in Mark, we are only given Jesus as an adult.Our entrance into the sacred moments surrounding Jesus’ birth is granted solely in Luke’s account, and this includes the shepherds.
Interpreting the Story of Jesus’ Birth
Nativities scenes, Christmas songs, and Christmas plays are all examples of ways in which we might learn about Jesus’ birth from the Bible.Artistic liberty is a term that refers to the use of creativity in a creative endeavor.This may often be beneficial in terms of broadening our perspective.
However, there are situations when it can distort the facts and, as a result, what we believe we know.The wise men are often depicted alongside the shepherds in nativity scenes, but their arrival and departure times are not always the same.The shepherds were the first people to hear the news of Jesus’ birth, and their presence in the nativity tale is significant.Look at the narrative as it is told in the Bible to see if we can learn anything about the shepherds from it.
The Story of Jesus’ Birth
The account of Jesus’ birth may be found in Luke 2:11-31..Furthermore, it came to happen during those days that an edict from Caesar Augustus was issued ordering the imposition of taxes across the entire world.(And this taxation was instituted for the first time during Cyrenius’ tenure as governor of Syria.) And they all went to their respective cities to pay their taxes.
And Joseph likewise went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, into the city of David, which is named Bethlehem; (for he was of the family and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, who was nine months pregnant at the time of his taxation.As a result, while they were there, the days leading up to her birth were completed, and she was delivered.In the meantime, she gave birth to her firstborn son, wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and put him in a manger because there was no space for them at the inn where they were staying.Shepherds were also out in the field, keeping watch over their flocks during the night in the same region of the nation as well.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord descended upon them, and the glory of the Lord shined around them, and they were terrified to their hearts’ content.They were comforted by the angel, who told them: ″Fear not; for, see, I bring you good news of great joy, which will be to all humanity.″ Because on this day in the city of David, a Savior has been born to you, and his name is Christ the Lord.Also, the following will serve as a sign unto you: you will discover the child lying in a manger clothed in swaddling cloths.As the angels were being led away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ″Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.″ And there was with the angel a great multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ″Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.″ And it came to pass, as the angels were being led away into And they arrived in a hurried manner, where they discovered Mary, Joseph, and the infant lying in a manger.And when they saw it, they spread the word of the saying that had been imparted to them about this kid all throughout the world.
- And everyone who heard it was taken aback by the things that the shepherds had told them about the animals.
- Mary, on the other hand, treasured all of these things and pondered them in her heart.
- They returned with thanks and praise for everything that they had heard and seen, according to what had been related to them by the shepherds.
- As soon as the eight days for the circumcision of the kid were over, the child’s name was changed to Jesus, which was the name given to him by an angel before he was created in the womb.
What We Know about the Shepherds
- Nobody knows who they were or how many they were since we don’t know their names. Although there are different reports about their social standing, it is apparent that God considered them to be significant. Here are a few facts that we may learn about: They were the first to be informed
- nonetheless, they were preoccupied with their usual activities.
- Initially, they were terrified, but then they saw and heard a swarm of angels singing praises to God
- they trusted the angel of God and went immediately to meet Jesus
- they were the first evangelists
- they saw Jesus before the wise men. He was less than a week old when he was placed in the manger.
The shepherds are an integral element of the nativity story and should not be overlooked in our celebration.Photo courtesy of iStock/Getty Images Plus/rudall30/public domain Author, coach, and speaker Danielle Bernock is an international award-winning author, coach, and speaker who specializes in assisting individuals in embracing their worth and healing their hearts through the power of God’s love.A Bird Named Payn, A Bird Named Payn, Love’s Manifesto, and Because You Matter are among the books she has authored, and she also hosts the Victorious Souls Podcast.
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The shepherds visit the baby Jesus
Linda Jeanne Rivers created the illustration. Article written by Jennifer Ficcaglia on December 25, 2017 for the Kids’ Chronicle.
In this issue:
The shepherds visit the baby Jesus
Bible Accent: The Magi search for Jesus
Saint for Today: St. Andre Bessette
The shepherds visit the baby Jesus
Luke 2:15-20 is the reading for December 25, 2017.(Mass at dawn) The Roman emperor Caesar Augustus made the decision one day to conduct a census of all of the people who lived in the areas under his jurisdiction.The town of Nazareth in Galilee, which was located in a region governed by the Romans at the time, was home to a man called Joseph who lived there at the time.
Because of this, Joseph and his pregnant wife, Mary, made arrangements to travel to their ancestral home in order to be regarded as a family.Because Joseph was connected to King David, he and his wife Mary proceeded to Bethlehem, the city of David, to take part in the population census.The journey had been lengthy, and Mary was nearing the end of her pregnancy at the time.Bethlehem was jam-packed with people who had come to take part in the census, making it difficult for Joseph and Mary to find a place to stay.
While she and Joseph were in Bethlehem, Mary went into labor.The birth of her child occurred during their time there.She became a mother for the first time and gave birth to her firstborn son.Because there was no space at the inn for them, Mary wrapped him in swaddling cloths and placed him in a manger.While all of this was going on, shepherds were out laboring in the fields around Bethlehem, working through the night to feed their flocks.
- They were keeping an eye on their flocks of sheep to ensure that they were not attacked by wild creatures.
- The shepherds were startled when an angel of the Lord came to them.
- It was the angel who said, ″Do not be afraid, for I bring you good news of great pleasure that will be shared by all the people.″ Due to the fact that a savior has been born for you today in the city of David, he is known as Christ and Lord, Also, a sign will appear for you: You will discover a child wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.″ Following the departure of the angel, the shepherds resolved to locate the infant.
- ″Let us therefore proceed to Bethlehem to see this event that has occurred, which the Lord has made known to us,″ they said.
- The men hurried into the city and discovered Mary and Joseph, as well as the infant lying in a manger, waiting for them.
- When they realized that the angel’s message had been received correctly, they spread the news throughout Bethlehem.
- Everyone who heard the shepherds’ narrative was awestruck, and Mary dwelt on what had happened in her heart for a long time.
- MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE: Q&A with Luke 2:1-2.
- Which city did Joseph and Mary visit on their journey?
- What was the name of the person who appeared to the shepherds in the field?
- Who among us was not delighted to learn of the birth of Jesus?
- (Hint: it’s in Matthew 2) The answer is King Herod.
Bible Accent: The Magi search for Jesus
The shepherds were not the only ones who came to see Jesus after his birth; there were a number of others as well.It is revealed in Matthew 2 that there were Magi from the East who were on a mission to find the child Messiah.They were looking up at the sky when they noticed a star and decided to follow it in the hopes of locating him.
The Magi made a pit stop in Jerusalem to ask some questions of the locals.″Can you tell us where the newborn ruler of the Jews is?″ the Magi inquired.″We caught a glimpse of his growing star and have come to pay our respects to him.″ The Magi were informed that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, and so they proceeded on their trip toward the city.It took a long time, but the star they had been watching eventually came to rest above Bethlehem, where the infant was.
The Magi were giddy with excitement.When they first walked into the house and saw the infant, they immediately fell on their knees and paid him reverence.They also offered him presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, which he greatly appreciated.Every year, on the Feast of the Epiphany, Catholics celebrate the Magi’s visit to the infant Jesus.Although the feast day is January 6, it is observed on the Sunday that comes between January 2 and January 8 in the United States.
- The Feast of the Three Kings will be held on January 7 this year.
Saint for Today: St. Andre Bessette
Andre Bessette was born in Canada in 1845 and died there in 1937.He immigrated to the United States as a young man and lived and worked there for three years.In 1870, he returned to Canada and joined the Congregation of Holy Cross, which is located near Montreal.
He was involved in a variety of activities for his neighborhood, including gardening and serving as a doorman.St.Joseph served as a model for him, and he established a healing mission that was extremely successful.In 1904, he relocated to Montreal to assist his congregation with a construction project, and he remained there for the remainder of his life.
On January 6, we will pay tribute to him.
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