“…the shepherds said…Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which…the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” Lu. 2:15b,16.
That is what the shepherds saw, but what did they hear when they looked into the face of God?
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners
spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Hath in these last days spoken unto us
by his Son…”
Did they hear the crowd of witnesses the writer of Hebrews spoke of in chapter 12? Did they hear the seraphim crying out,
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts:
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Did they hear the Psalmist singing of God’s faithfulness?
“I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever:
with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations…
I have made a covenant with my chosen,
I have sworn unto David my servant,
Thy seed will I establish for ever,
and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah…
Also I will make him my firstborn,
higher than the kings of the earth.”
Did they hear Isaiah proclaim the man this baby would become?
- “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;
- because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek;
- he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
- to proclaim liberty to the captives
- , and to the opening of the prison to them that are bound:
- To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
- and the day of vengeance of our God;
- to comfort all that mourn…give…beauty for ashes,
- the oil of joy for mourning,
- the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
- that they might be called trees of righteousness,
- the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”(Isa. 61:1-3).
Did they hear the Lord speak to Moses, saying,
“I will raise them up a Prophet
from among their brethren, like unto thee,
and will put my words in his mouth;
and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him…
whosoever will not hearken unto my words
which he shall speak in my name,
I will require it of him.”
Did they hear Abraham reassure his son?
God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering…
And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh:
as it is said to this day,
In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.”
When the infant cried, did the shepherds hear Isaiah describing the suffering to come to this little one?
“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth:
he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb,
so he openeth not his mouth…
for the transgression of my people was he stricken.”
When his mother comforted him, did they hear David’s victory song over death?
“…my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:
my flesh also shall rest in hope.
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell:
neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”
Did they hear Daniel reveal the baby King’s future glory?
- “…in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom,
- which shall never be destroyed:
- and the kingdom shall not be left to other people,
- but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms,
- and it shall stand for ever…
- the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter:
- and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” (Dan. 2:44,45).
Look on the face of the infant lying in a manger and you will see,
Who being the brightness of his glory,
and the express image of his person,
and upholding all things by the word of his power,
when he had by himself purged our sins,
sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”
(Heb. 1:2a, 3).
Listen and you can hear him.
“God…hath…spoken unto us by his Son…”
“Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that heareth my word,
and believeth on him that sent me,
hath everlasting life,
and shall not come into condemnation:
but is passed from death unto life.”
“I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.”
“All that the Father giveth me
shall come to me;
and him that cometh to me
I will in no wise cast out.”
“Come unto me,
all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.”
Our sin is a loud we were not made to carry. Its weight can only be lifted by the little One who was born to die. He has taken our sinful flesh from the manger to the cross. He invites us to come and lay our load at his feet. Listen and you will hear his voice speaking your name.
Have you heard Jesus call your name would you share with us when?
If you haven’t heard Jesus’ invitation to come to him, listen closely. It’s probably not an audible voice you will hear but a whisper in your heart.