The shepherds were just doing their jobs; out in the fields, watching their sheep, doing what shepherds do. Nobody warned them that a multitude of the heavenly host was about to break in on their otherwise normal night. Nobody warned them that they were about to be told to go and find a baby in Bethlehem. And not just any baby…but the Savior, their Savior, who is Christ the Lord. That’s a lot to take in. Luke 2 tells us, “And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger” (v.10).
Went with haste? I’ll bet they went with haste! They had just seen the sky fill with radiant light, seen the angelic host, and were spoken to by the messengers of God Himself! Finding Jesus that night suddenly became the top priority for these shepherds. Maybe they had just been about to light a fire to stay warm. Maybe they were just sitting down to dinner in the field. Maybe some of them were bedding down for the night. But when that angelic host appeared saying “Fear not!” all plans changed.
Similarly, the Wise Men, later on in the story of Christ’s nativity, are searching for Jesus. They know they’re looking for a king. They know what they know about this star they’ve been watching. They point is…they were LOOKING for something on purpose. They took note of the sky above telling them someone important was about to be born, and they were determined to find Him. They traveled mile upon mile through some undoubtedly dangerous terrain. Yet, undeterred, they would not stop til they had found what they searched for…
And how about us? How are we “Finding Jesus” this season? Are we letting Him be our top priority, re-arranging our schedules to visit with Him? I, for one, have had a particularly challenging time clearing my schedule. Mornings, for me, and maybe for you, are a flur of getting kids where they need to go, Afternoons are school-filled. Evenings are crammed full of events and shopping. Other people’s needs and expectations I’ve placed on myself about “what needs done” for preparations have left my heart quite unprepared to commune with my Lord. The phrase from “O Come All Ye Faithful” rings in my ears, “Let every heart, prepare him room…”
Come with me today to Find Jesus, friends. May our hearts prepare Him room.