Born to Die

“You should never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside.”

Last night I watched The Nativity Story. As I watched it for the second time I was better able to stop and think. One thing that amazed me was watching the shepherds bow down to Jesus moments after His arrival. It will be so amazing when we get to Heaven and are able to talk with these men! They were the FIRST people on Earth besides Mary & Joseph who were priviledged to see Jesus Christ! What an honor! And to think that they were only shepherds. They were not kings, they were not Pharisees.

Wickipedia says: “It may also be worth noting that many Biblical heroes were shepherds, among them the Old Testament prophet Amos, who was a shepherd in the rugged area around Tekoa, as well as King David, and Moses. In the New Testament angels announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds.” God can make a hero out of a shepherd, whose only goal in life is to care for his flock, because the shepherds were willing. They had great faith! They had been taught by the Pharisees their entire lives that the Messiah was going to be a king, coming to rescue them from the control of the Roman Empire, and these men had enough faith to contradict this belief and believe that a BABY was their Messiah, their Shepherd.

We have much to learn from these men keeping watch over their flock by night.

Throughout the film I also kept thinking about Herod’s attempt to destroy the Messiah. He murdered every young boy in Bethlehem because of his paranoia, yet he could not destroy Him. In the end, the Pharisees believed that they had destroyed Him on the cross, but it was Christ who offered up Himself to death. He could have stopped them, they had no power over Him, but He was willing to die. No power of man nor scheme of hell could ever destroy the Son of God.


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