“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel”
With the spotlight of a star, Glory stooped low into the womb of a peasant girl with a marred reputation. A stable of animals ushered this universe-Creator into a world of grace-hungry souls. The shepherds came running, tripping over themselves to see this wonder of heaven, snuggled in an animal trough before them. He had come. The Savior was here, breathing in the same stable-air and blinking at the same radiant starlight. [Read more…]
They were sitting outside the city, watching their sheep.
“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.” Luke 2:8
Maybe these shepherds looked over the hills at roof tops and felt the pangs of loneliness. This life, this shepherding of dirty animals, required them to stay on the fringe. And so, they stayed on the outside and watched the town from a distance – day after day, year after year. [Read more…]
The heavy darkness of oppression had blanketed the Hebrew people for years. They ached for deliverance, for a mighty king to rise up and free them. Then, one ordinary day, an angel stepped in and promised a Messiah to a young, unmarried girl named Mary. And, startling enough, this world-redeeming King would grow within her virgin womb. Unbounded hope and raw delight must have filled Mary – that the Most High had knit her Messiah in her being. The fullness of God had been implanted in her and would grow to save her people! [Read more…]