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Notes From Pastor Mike

The Rear View Mirror

Dec. 20, 2017

 

"Wonder of Wonders!"

The crackling of the fire made a comforting sound to the sheep that cold night so long ago.  The shepherds talking quietly, sipping on a warm drink and making small talk to get through the night.  Their job was thankless as they tended to the massed up balls of fur that night.  Why were shepherds the lowest of low on the social scale?                                                                          

     Can you imagine how startling it was on that night?  Suddenly the sky splits open and an angelic choir is assembled with an angel ready to speak.  Don’t know about you but I would have fallen off of the log I was planted on in utter shock and fear.  The Angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone round about them and they were terrified!  “Don’t be afraid,” was the angel’s response to their fear.  “I’ve got something to tell you!  I bring you good news!  This will bring great celebration to all people.  Today is born to you in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (You can read the accurate translation in Luke 2:10-11.)

     The angel told them they would find the baby in a manger and that he would be wrapped in strips of cloth.  Then the Choir sings, “Glory to God in the Highest…” I don’t think it gets any better than that, do you?  I don’t know if they took their flock with them or got some sheep sitters, but the Bible records that they left, found the Savior, bowed down and worshiped him.  Mary hid these things in her heart.  Do you think that while the shepherds bowed low before her son, she understood how big this thing really was?  That she had carried the Messiah in her and that quiet night, the answer to all that we suffer from could be cured. 

     We sing a chorus, Hallelujah, Praise the Lamb!  Hallelujah! Praise the Lamb!  My Heart sings this song again: Hallelujah! Praise the Lamb!  Mark Lowry asked the question we all wonder, “Mary did you know that this baby boy could restore the sight of the blind man?  Did you know that he could still the waters?  Did you know as you held him, you kissed the face of God?  Mary, did you know?"  He has not changed and His power to redeem still is for you and me. Praise the Lord!  Let all with breath Praise His Name… Christmas is for all the year.

Just a thought.

Love,

Pastor Mike!