Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Why did Jesus create such a ruckuss?

There is a lot of stuff going on around Jesus' birth.

Mary gets a visit from an angel.
Her cousin Elizabeth is an old lady and is pregnant after she and old man Zack tried all their lives. Zack got a visit from an angel. It scared him speechless!

Joseph, Mary's fiancee gets a visit by an angel.

The shepherd's get a visit from an angel. Actually, an entire host of angels...

All this and Jesus had not done anything yet. He is born into a poor family who apparently don't own a house.

So why all the ruckuss?

Obviously, something supernatural is going on. Israel hadn't heard from God in 400 years. No prophets. The priests had gotten the religion going great, with lots of rules and regulations, but no one was hearing from God. Interesting!

You can have religion without God.

But when God shows up, you know it!!!
2:8 Now 268 there were shepherds 269 nearby 270 living out in the field, keeping guard 271 over their flock at night. 2:9 An 272 angel of the Lord 273 appeared to 274 them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified. 275 2:10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, 276 for I proclaim to you good news 277 that brings great joy to all the people: 2:11 Today 278 your Savior is born in the city 279 of David. 280 He is Christ 281 the Lord. 2:12 This 282 will be a sign 283 for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” 284 2:13 Suddenly 285 a vast, heavenly army 286 appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
2:14 “Glory 287 to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among people 288 with whom he is pleased!” 289
2:15 When 290 the angels left them and went back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem 291 and see this thing that has taken place, that the Lord 292 has made known to us.” 2:16 So they hurried off and located Mary and Joseph, and found the baby lying in a manger. 293 2:17 When 294 they saw him, 295 they related what they had been told 296 about this child, 2:18 and all who heard it were astonished 297 at what the shepherds said. 2:19 But Mary treasured up all these words, pondering in her heart what they might mean. 298 2:20 So 299 the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising 300 God for all they had heard and seen; everything was just as they had been told. 301