Big Idea

Jesus is for everyone.

Scene Setup

Mary and Joseph have struggled to find a place for Mary to have her baby. They have finally secured a place in a stable, because there was no room for them in any inn.

Topics

Birth of Christ, Christmas, Salvation, Shame, Gift

Scene

Out in the fields at night, the shepherds are isolated from one another as they each guard the flocks entrusted to their care. Suddenly, the angel Gabriel appears to the shepherds out in the fields "Rejoice! I bring you good tidings of great joy. For unto you is born this day, in the City of David, a savior, who is Christ the Lord. You will find the Child wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." All of the shepherds begin moving out of the hills toward Bethlehem. The scene shifts to the stable where Mary and Joseph are caring for their newborn baby boy. Out of the darkness, the shepherds arrive. One of them approaches. He is old. His face is worn, and his clothes and skin are stained from working and sleeping in the fields. His eyes are filled with wonder at the sight. This is the child that the angel told him to seek. He is looking at the Savior of the world. Slowly he reaches out his hand to touch the baby's face, but then he becomes aware of himself and his condition. He realizes that he is unworthy and withdraws his hand. But at that moment, Mary looks at the shepherd and encourages him to draw close and touch Jesus, saying, "He is for all of mankind. We are each given a gift."

Application

The shepherds in The Nativity Story are not charming country lads with adorable lambs cast about their shoulders. Instead they are shown as they probably were: lonely, poor, unwashed men working at a difficult job who were despised by their own countrymen. When the angel appears to them, they are afraid. But we also learn that, like the wise men, they have been eagerly waiting for the coming Messiah. So when they are told where He may be found, they rush to see Him. But when one shepherd actually stands before Jesus, his excitement turns into dismay as he recognizes his unworthiness. And he is right. It is easy to look at the dirty, disheveled shepherd and the smooth, unmarred skin of the infant Jesus and recognize the difference. If we were in Mary's place, most of us would have snatched our child away from the touch of a man like this. We should be grateful for the grace and mercy extended to men by God. All of us, without exception, are like the shepherd. We are black with the stain of sin. We are utterly unworthy to reach out to the Savior. That is why God's gift is so great. God crossed the divide for us. Where we were unable, God was able. While we were in our sin, while we were His enemies, Christ came to die for the ungodly. He announced the "whosoever" believed in Him would not perish but instead would be granted "everlasting life." He has come to save us from our sins. This gift is extended to all people willing to receive it as God intended. Jesus came for everyone, how sad that everyone will not come to Jesus. Some people think that they do not need this gift, that they are fine on their own and have no need to be redeemed. Others, like the shepherd, believe this gift to be too wonderful for them, and they are afraid to approach Him. Our role, as ambassadors for His kingdom, is to call the arrogant to repentance, and call the broken to come.

 

Where To Find


Scriptures

Luke 2:8-20

Romans 5:6-10

1 Timothy 1:12-17

Mark 2:13-17

John 3:16-17


Video Times

Start: 1:21:25

End: 1:25:27


Keywords

Birth Of Christ, Christmas, Salvation, Shame, Gift, Unworthy, Shepherd, Shepherds


Illustration Sermon General Warning

None for this scene.

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