Jesus Named

© (null) (null) |

When he was eight days old, Jesus was circumcised as a Jewish boy and officially named. This was after the shepherds had visited Mary, Joseph and Jesus in the rough animal shelter that God had graciously provided for the
birth of his Son. By this stage the shepherds had also become the first evangelists, ‘spreading the word concerning what had been told them about
this child’, that is that in Bethlehem a Saviour and Messiah had been born
to them.
How fitting that the arrival of the Good Shepherd would be first mediated
through real working shepherds from the hills of Palestine, people of the
lowest social status and rank at the time, though from an honorable
tradition extending back through King David (a shepherd in his youth) to the
Hebrew patriarchs.

- Philip Muston

Comments are closed.