Summary: The Shepherds had an encounter with Jesus, we all need continual meetings with Jesus, so we can be those full of the Word and full of praise.
God invited them to meet with Jesus
These shepherds were those who watched over the temple sheep destined for the passover sacrifice. They were Rabinically unclean and could not actually to to temple worship.
These were those who were the lowest class of society. They did not go home at night, but slept in the fields day in and out.
They were not necessarily looking, but God, Himself, came on the scene of their lives, and gave them a Divine invitation to go and meet with the Messiah, the Savior of the world.
God invites us.
Mt. 11:28—come unto me you who are weary and heavy laden (things, religion’s rules, oppressed, depressed, cares)
Rev. 22:17—God is stil calling at the end of Revelation.
They had to choose to seek God out.
Whenever you make a decision to follow God, there will be some obstacle, some difficulty, something you must press through to get to your goal of a real relationship with God.
They did not know the stable, there were lots of stables in Bethlehem. What about the sheep? They made a decision to meet with the Lord and to take the steps necessary to do that.
Mark 5:25 (quickview) —the woman pressed thru the crowd. At times it may be crowded schedules, crowded priorities, it may be the opinions of others, it will be a whole variety of obstacles to try to hinder you from following the Lord, obeying him, and worshiping Him.
They met with Jesus.
We need frequent, regular encounters with Jesus Christ. When was the last time you had a real encounter? What is hindering you?
Seen in Early church
Two Results of Meetings with God.
1. Spreading the Word
Mt. 28:19—This comes out of a close walk withGod, where we constantly press through and meet with the Lord.
2. Worship and praise.
An evidence of someone with encounters withGod is a lifestyle of worship and praise.
How do you respond when God invites you to meet with Him?
Is the timing of dinner to important. Is that project you are working on first priority? Is what others think so important?