The Shepherds by Jerry Vines

The Shepherds
Jerry Vines
Luke 2:8-18
11/30/05

You wouldn't expect a great deal to happen out in a field. If you really wanted to be where things were happening in those days, that's not exactly where you would think you would want to be.

If you wanted to be where things were happening you would want to be in Rome, the political capital of the world. Were you in Rome, you would see the ambassadors from all of the various countries and tributaries of the empire moving in and out of the city of Rome where official policy was being made, and edicts were being laid down. If you wanted to be where it was really happening, you would want to go to Rome.

Or if you really wanted to go where it was happening you would go to Athens, the intellectual capital of the world in that time. There, the great philosophers were and the great thinkers. They were developing the ideas and the thoughts that would literally shape and change the world. If you wanted to go where it was happening, then go to Athens, the intellectual center.

Or if you really wanted to go where it was happening you would go to Jerusalem, the religious center of the world. There was the magnificent temple of God. There was the Jewish religion. There, proselytes from all of the world would converge and they would be taught how to worship the true God. If you really wanted to go where it was happening you would go to Jerusalem, the religious capital of the world.

You wouldn't expect much to be happening out there in a desert place with some shepherds and a few sheep. But what this earth considers to be really happening may not be what heaven considers to be really happening.

I remember reading a number of years ago that a man walked into a store in Kentucky and said, "Has anything unusual happened in the village this week?" Someone said, "No. Not a whole lot has happened. Oh yes, they did have a new baby born at Tom Lincoln's cabin. Nothing ever happens around here. Oh yes, I think t ...


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