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A Wonderful Night

God sent his son Jesus Christ as Savior even for unclean people like shepherds.

W. Would you look at those stars! There's Orion and the Pleiades, a shooting star ... and another one! Aah, I will never get tired of looking at the night sky. There's so much to see. Have you ever tried counting the stars? You can't do it. I've tried. It's impossible. There are too many. Nights like this I know how David felt. You know David, David the king? He was a shepherd once, you know, like me. He wrote all kinds of songs. I won't sing it for you, but one goes like this: Lord, when I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you should visit him?

I think I know what David was getting at. When you look at these stars, you know there's a God out he created and he holds all these things in place. But could it be that that same God who created all this, could he know and care about us too, about human beings, about shepherds? I wonder about that sometimes.

Whew, it's cold out here. Come on over. Take a seat by the fire here. The sheep are all down for the night. They won't be getting up when it's this cold out. It's my turn to keep watch, and I could use some company to help me stay awake.

You're up from the city, I take it. It's nice out here, isn't it? You're not used to it, though. I can tell. You look kind of uncomfortable, kind of nervous. You're not scared, are you, of lions or wolves? I've got my rod here, my staff. I've even got a slingshot with five smooth stones just like David. You only need one if you use it right.

Maybe you're nervous about being with a bunch of shepherds. You've been listening to those townsfolk? You can't believe everything they say about us. Well, some of it you can believe ...

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Bryan Wilkerson is pastor of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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Could the same God who created the stars I see and all things know and care about us shepherds?

People say we shepherds are strange, but I like living in the open.

I. The thing about sheep is they need a shepherd, and people are a lot like sheep.

They are always wandering off or getting in trouble.

I care about them—I know every sheep by name.

II. The townsfolk say we shepherds are unclean, unacceptable.

They say we're thieves, blaming us for anything they are missing.

Living out in the hills, we can't follow the Jewish laws about food, washing, and clothing.

Illustration: Once, when delivering sheep to the temple, I was not allowed to go in.

III. One night on my watch I saw a glow in the air that took the shape of a man.

He said, "Don't be afraid. Unto you is born this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."

We had to go down to Bethlehem and see if there was really a baby wrapped in cloths lying in a manger.

IV. When we found them, the baby's father said, "His name is Jesus, the one who saves."

Kneeling down next to the manger, I felt closer to God than I've ever felt before.

The angel had said, "Unto you is born a Savior," as if he could see that I needed a savior.


I used to sing a song written by David, that started, "O Lord, you have searched me and you know me," and as I got older, I wondered if it was true—now I know it is.

I'll never get tired of looking at the night sky, because I'll know that God is up there thinking about me.