Luke 2:8-11: “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

Mary’s boy came in the wee-hours of the morning. – Jesus, beloved member of the Trinity, arrived as a human baby. His birthplace was in the Bethlehem hill country of His ancestor King David, who used to be a shepherd by trade; incidentally, shepherds were only a stone’s throw away from the place where Jesus was born.

Born in a barn, Jesus was outside protective palace walls – and I believe this was intentional. Despite being King of the universe, the Son of God does not seek the status of the privileged;

Born in a barn, Jesus did not wake up to an illustrious neighborhood. – Shepherds were in the neighborhood, and they stood on the bottom rung of the Palestinian social ladder;

Born in a barn, Jesus welcomes everybody. People meet there on an equal playing field. Shepherds and foreign dignitaries kneel on the rugged barn floor to worship Jesus, alongside the resting cattle. Jesus is in touch with all of creation.

In the corporate world, an open-door policy means that every manager’s door is open to every employee. In the same spirit, the TV series “Undercover Boss” has upper management take on the role of a regular employee to gain a deeper insight into their business operation. Comparatively speaking, the Boss of Creation went undercover in His own created universe. By doing so, He got to experience the full spectrum of our humanness. The immortal became mortal. The timeless God reported to a time schedule on a human scale. He was born in the Middle East a couple of millennia ago.

From an angel’s perspective, they had known Jesus long before His arrival on planet Earth; they had experienced His glory in Heaven. It must have been a powerful witness to the mighty angels seeing their Maker transformed into a helpless babe.

Jesus would grow up to become a sought-after man of God who began His public ministry at age 30.  He was admired by many, but would also suffer rejection, pain, and loneliness. He loved everybody unconditionally, even those who hated Him. Facing His enemies, He ultimately died a criminal’s death. His earthly mission was accomplished after His resurrection, when He returned to His Father in Heaven.

Having walked in our shoes, Jesus has become our premier advocate. Knowing God’s plan and the impact Jesus was going to make – no wonder the angels broke out into praise!

“Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others – the armies of heaven – praising God saying: ‘Glory to God in highest heaven and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased!’” (Luke 2:13-14)

“Mary’s boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day
And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day”
Songwriters: Fred Jay / Frank Farian / Jester Hairstone

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