Our lesson last night took us to Rose Hill Christian Church to see their living nativity, called “Journey to Bethlehem.” With our guide narrating our journey, we were led through various scenes from the nativity story. There were goats and donkeys, soldiers on horseback, and even a camel. In the marketplace, we were given gold coins to purchase snacks of olives, feta cheese, lamb meatballs, hummus and grape juice. We got to meet Herod the Great and his soldiers, the wise men following the star, villagers talking amongst themselves about rumors of a new king being born, angels announcing the birth of the Savior, shepherds eager to go see this little child who was born a Savior, Christ the Lord, and Mary and Joseph cherishing the immensity of this sacred night. At each scene, our guide explained what was happening, reading from the scriptures and allowing us to interact with the characters and animals.
In Luke 2:8-20, we read of the shepherds and the amazing announcement made to them by the angels. What a marvelous scene this must have been, to be visited by an angel of the Lord, announcing to them the birth of the Savior and explain to them exactly where they could find Him. And then to see the sky lit up with an entire host of angels, praising God with one voice! And without hesitation, those shepherds went to see what God had made known to them. And they didn’t stop there—they went on to tell everyone of what they had heard and seen.
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold,[a] an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, 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, goodwill toward men!”[b]
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely[c] known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.