16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. (Luke 2:16-18)
It seems unthinkable to lay a newborn baby in a smelly and dirty feeding trough, doesn’t it? I wonder how rare it was back then.
I think it would be amazing to discover that the angel’s sign was accurate. They did discover the baby in a manger. No wonder people were amazed when they heard what the shepherds said. Surely it meant that the other information they’d received was also true, if the sign was true. As the sign was fulfilled, then it seems logical that the promise would also be fulfilled.
From my perspective, it was also amazing that the shepherds were listened to. Remember that they were very low down the social scale. Well, now it seems that they are listened to, as if they are now important. Quite a lot of the time, we seem to perceive our value and worth to be based on our identity, how important we are, what we do, how much money we have, what things we own, etc. Perhaps that was also the case 2000 years ago. Perhaps that was what the shepherds believed too. However, I’m slowly starting to accept that our worth and value isn’t based on any of the things I’ve just listed. Our value as a human being doesn’t increase or decrease, depending on what we do, or who we are. Our value and worth is the same whether we are a baby lying in a manger, a shepherd, or a king.
Our value is ‘one human being’. That’s amazing!