Who Would Believe Them?

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:16-20

The shepherds did not fully appreciate the significance of what they had just seen and heard. Obviously the even was extraordinary enough that the boys took action. This was much bigger than them and they were going to be a part of it. They saw the baby, then did what boys that age would do, they went and told others. Who would actually believe them? The story was outlandish: Angel of the Lord, a host of angels, the Chosen Messiah being born in cloths in a trough, and them – mere shepherd boys. Who would believe them? But that’s the point, isn’t it? No one in their right minds would believe such a story. And their stories would have agreed with one another. So, either what they were saying was the Gospel truth or they were very foolish for leaving their flocks in the middle of their shifts to see some fantastical baby.

And that may be why God chose to entrust these boys with that message.

Throughout history God has entrusted boys and girls, men and women to spread the news about this Baby’s birth. The way it comes out may be awkward and muddled, but what matters is the fact that there are those of us have seen the Savior. Yes, on the face of it the story seems fantastical, but millions have believe this same story. How it is told changes but the message is still the same: a baby boy in a manger changed the world.

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