He sees who others miss. The unnoticed. The unacknowledged. The undervalued. The unloved.
He saw the shepherds, simple and unlearned men who spent their days with smelly sheep in the countryside. Regarded as thieves and despised by the respectable people in Jesus’ day, shepherds were separated from mainstream society. The only social group lower than shepherds were lepers.
And God sees you (II Chronicles 16:9).
Would you take a moment to let that truth sink in? God sees you. Yes, you. Right now. Your heart. Your worries. Your circumstances. The number of hairs on your head.
And God yearns for you to see Him. To notice Him. To acknowledge Him. To value Him. To love Him.
That’s why He sent Jesus as the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature (Hebrews 1:3). God with skin.
But how? How do we see Jesus?
The shepherds show us how.
While minding their own business on an ordinary night just like every other night, the shepherds were suddenly surrounded by the glory of the Lord as an angel appeared, announcing the Messiah’s birth. A multitude of angels soon followed, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2: 14 KJV).
The shepherds were given front row seats to this spectacular angelic visitation. No one else was invited to the show. Their testimony would not have been acceptable in court, yet God handpicked lowly shepherds to be the first to hear of Jesus’ birth.
How did the shepherds respond to this astonishing news?
They dropped everything and ran to find Jesus.
The shepherds did not settle for the mere announcement of Jesus’ birth, though it was miraculous. They decided they were going to see Jesus for themselves! They left in haste to find the Good Shepherd, born to lay down His life for the sheep. They left their lambs in search of The Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.
Before the shepherds could see Jesus, they first had to find Him.
The angels provided clear clues of where to locate Jesus, but the shepherds had to choose to follow their lead. How many dark streets of Bethlehem did they navigate to find the manger? How long did they search before they found the newborn babe wrapped in swaddling clothes?
We choose to find Him.
Yes, Emmanuel has come. But have you decided to see Him for yourself?
God promises that if we seek Him, we will find Him. If we knock, He will open the door to us (Matthew 7: 7-8).
O, how Jesus longs to be found by you!
When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.
(Jeremiah 29: 13-14, The Message)
How will you find Jesus? Let us know in the comments below!
Will you settle for the announcement of His coming, or will you choose to find Him for yourself?
What clues has God offered in His word for how to find Him? (e.g., Psalm 34: 18; Psalm 100:4)