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The Shepards Example

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Title: The Example of the Shepards
Big Idea: Christians need to share the good news.

The Shepard’s Retreat (V. 8)

8 In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock.
Shepards were despised by the religious leaders, they were unable to keep the details of the ceremonial law; they could not observe all the meticulous handwashings and rules and regulations. Their flocks made constant demands on them; and so the religious looked down on them. It was to simple men of the fields that God’s message first came.
The fact that they were Dirty Because of there work added to the the fact that they were dispised.
The Bottom line is that Shepards were the bottom line of socioty
The Gospel first came to the Social Outcasts of Jesus’ Day.
Shepards symbolize those who care for God’s people.
2. The Sheep which were used for Temple Sacrifices in Jersulem were kept outside Bethlehm. The Job of the shepards was to keep them safe, and that Job was much more important at night because of the heightened thret from theves and wild animals.
The Birth lickly took place in March and the shapards were preparing sheep for the Passover.
It is a wonderful thought that the shepards who look after the temple lambs were among the First to see the Lamb of God

The Angels Report (V.9-12)

9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lordshone around them, and they were terrified.[a]
10 But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid,for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people:[b]
11 Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
12 This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.”
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The Statemnt “An angel of the Lord” Indicates a single angel.
“They were terified”The word terified stresses the intencety of the fear. The word recalls that of Zacariah
it was not just the fact that an angel was present but also a visible manifestation of the Glory of God. This was something that Zacaria or Marry did not experience.
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The Angel calmed the Shepards and informed them that they had wonderful News.
11. Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
The statment “Today” indicates that it had just happened.
The Word Savior means anointed one, The angel came to proclaim the Gospel at the verry hour Christ was Born.
“For you a Savior”
The Shapards would have known the masses coming to Bethlehm for the cences would have been Davids Kin, this fulfilling the prophecy of the Birth of Christ.
12 This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.”
The Shepards would have been shocked that the savior was born to pesent parents and even morso that he was laying in a feeding trough
The words of the angel would help them recognize the baby, but it would also attest the truth of the angel’s words. In Bethlehem that night there might be one or more babies wrapped in swaddeling clothes

The Angels Rejoicing (V. 13-14)

13 Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host[c] with the angel, praising God and saying:
14 Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people he favors![d][e]
“Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host”
Indicates the unexpected nature of the Acts of God similar to how the rapture shall take place.
It happened imediately!!!
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The angels continueistly Praised God
Glory to God is the climax of the story and relates to both Heaven and earth.
“Glory to God in the highest” This is the Climax and relates to both Heaven and Earth
The message was that God who dwells in the highest part of the universe should receive supreme honor and Glory.
“Peace on earth to the people He Favors” The term peace on earth tward people he favors gives the idea that those that follow God’s commands will have peace. This however, does not mean if everyone just followed the Bible there would be no war or struggles since the world is plunged into sin. It stresses that those who trust Christ will have peace in His glories Salvation “the people whoom God favors are those who have trusted Christ.”

The Shepard’s Response(V. 15-19)

15 When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
16 They hurried off and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the manger.
17 After seeing them, they reported the message they were told about this child,
18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.
Christ Had been Born and the Shapards chose to leave the sheep and see His Birth
It is importent to not Shepards Did not leave there sheep ever, but theese shpards chose to to go see the birth of the Savior, That the Lord had made known to them.
16 They hurried off and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the manger.
A Manger was a feeding trough This indicates that the family was forced to stay in a stable, or Perhaps a cave that served as a stable because there was no other room available in bethlehm.
Everything was confirmed as the Angel had described it.
17 After seeing them, they reported the message they were told about this child,
There was enough evedince that what the angels said was true, What they Saw Satisfied them that what the angel said was true, and they were positive that they were not mistaken in what the angels said.
The Shepards reported to everyone they saw the message that the angel had told them, and what they had seen.
The Shepards became the first evangelists
There were many, wo lickly saw Jesus after his birth but only the shaperds understood the significance of what had happened, this was confirmed iv v 18
18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.
Merry lickly had lots of time to gather her thoughts and even may have wrote them down,
It is quite lickly that this is where luke Luke gained this information from, Directly from Merry herself.

TheShepard’sReturn (V. 17-20)

18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.
20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had seen and heard, which were just as they had been told.
· They returned to there fields with there flocks praising God on what they had seen and that it was just as the angel had told them.
The Shepards reported to everyone they saw the message that the angel had told them, and what they had seen.
The Shepards became the first evangelists

Application

There were many, wo lickly saw Jesus after his birth but only the shaperds understood the significance of what had happened, this was confirmed iv v 18
18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
What has Christ Done for you? Why keep it to yourself
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The Jews were looking to the Mesiah, we need to be looking for His return.
19 But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.
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