Today’s song is a familiar Christmas carol, jazzed up with a collaboration between Jars of Clay and Sara Groves. Take a listen to them singing it live here:
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As I listen to this song, I like to close my eyes and imagine that I was in the field that night with the shepherds when all the angels appeared and sang their song announcing the birth of Jesus. Surely that would have to be a terrifying experience for all of them. It also had to be exciting. I can’t imagine that the shepherds that night were imagining much more than a typical day tending their flocks.
But I think that there had to be an experience that was intriguing. Maybe they were filled with hope. The angels came in Luke 2 announcing the message of a Savior born for all people. All their lives, these shepherds had heard a message that told them they were excluded and they weren’t good enough. The ruling Romans treated them as second-class citizens. The religious leaders of the day reinforced that people could never be acceptable to God unless they were the religious elite. But the angels came crashing in with a different message; the redemption and restoration and salvation that these shepherds had been waiting for was now available, and not just to a certain group of people, but to every person.
In this Christmas season, some of you reading this are feeling the weight of being out. Of being not good enough. I really hope that today we are all reminded of the beauty of the Christmas message. It’s not just a message for the religious elite. For some people. It’s for all people. Including you and me.