Rick Hutton on Luke 2:8-14
When we remember the miracles that God has worked in His narrative of redemption, they can often seem like things "out there" and removed from us. Even witnesses recorded in the Bible––like the shepherds to whom the Angel of the Lord appeared to announce that Jesus had been born in Bethlehem––may seem to us as mere observers, rather than participants, and we wonder what happened to them when they returned to their fields. But when God breaks into the world, not only is the world changed, but we are changed, too: our individual lives move from ordinary to extraordinary. How does this happen? It doesn't occur because we're doing anything different than we were before, although that might be the case, but simply because God is in it. It is God who makes us extraordinary, not who we are or what we do on our own.
TEXT: 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord *appeared to them, and *the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all *the people. 11 For *unto you is born this day in *the city of David *a Savior, who is *Christ *the Lord.12 And *this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby *wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel *a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14*“Glory to God *in the highest,*and on earth *peace *among those with whom he is pleased!”*
The Shepherd Candle
The third Advent candle is traditionally called the Shepherd candle. The angels announced the good news of Jesus’ birth to these common people on a quiet night. They responded with wonder and faith and immediately sought out the Savior.