“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Mt. 10:34).
Almost any picture we paint of Jesus is lacking. It is especially true of the canvas, but also of the heart. Jesus is complex – infinitely so. When we think we have captured him, some other piece of him floats by and we must pour out all the other pieces and try to put them back together again. Haygood put it this way: Continue reading “Flipping the coin”
“Now there were shepherds nearby living out in the field, keeping guard over their flock at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Messiah the Lord. This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a vast, heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!’” (Luke 2:8-14 NET).
Most scholar’s believe this took place either in the spring or autumn of the year (not mid-winter, as sheep are not wintered in the mountains and the elevation of the Bethlehem area is over 2500 feet or 775 m). Both of these times were times when many sheep were offered in sacrifice in nearby Jerusalem – either for Passover or for the Day of Atonement. Continue reading “Shepherds and Angels”