“It sure is a different night tonight, isn’t it? I can’t believe how quiet it is,” the shepherd says.
“Something is in the air. Even the sheep are quiet. Notice the wolves are not howling. It is so peaceful. What the heck is going on? I wonder if our friends on the next slope are experiencing the difference as well. Let’s go over and ask them.”
Well, after visiting with them, the second shepherd says, “Yes, they feel the same way as we do. Maybe it’s the weather, maybe the wolves are not on the prowl tonight, who knows?”
At that moment, they both look upward and see a great light over their town, Bethlehem. As dark as it is, the light is streaming very brilliantly, and they can see a number of people heading where the light will take them. Both shepherds are now very excited and in a quandary. They want to see what’s going on, but do not want to leave their flock.
The shepherd says, “Ask our friends on the other slope if they will watch our flock while we see what’s going on.”
Their friends agree. They take off for Bethlehem, and are startled by the soft but spiritual sounds emanating from the skies. They look at each other in awe and are dumbfounded as a spiritual mood encapsulates them. Their walk turns into a pilgrimage. Is this the night that… Isaiah 9:1 was talking about?
“The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
upon those who dwell in the land of gloom
a light has shone.”
Definitely, something is going on. They make haste and find Mary and Joseph and an infant lying in a manger. And then it hits them!
“When they saw this,
they made known the message
that had been told to them about this child.
the message… Isaiah 9:5
For a child is born to us, a son given to us;
Upon his shoulders dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God Hero,
Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.”
Both shepherds look at each other in a solemn way, nod, and say…
“It’s the Night!”
A Blessed Christmas to All and a Happy New Year!!!