A frown crept over his face. But this Jesus is dead now. Abiel continued, his voice barely audible. All he did was go around healing people and preaching about love and kindness. Surely you heard of him — even down there in the hills. He was staring blankly at the wall behind me. And that his mother was a virgin.
Jonathan shook his head slowly. Then it could have been him. The shepherd looking meaningfully at our flask of wine. Let me tell you a strange story. The one in the middle, whom you say was Jesus, was already dead, and they were about to finish off the other two. But another woman was standing apart a little farther back, and a young man had his arm around her. As I passed, she looked right at me, and I knew I had seen her before.
It was a long time ago. Jonathan drank, then cradled his cup in both hands, staring into it. Our family was poor.
We made a living looking after the sheep of richer folk. There was a census on, and you know, and everyone was supposed to go back to their homes to be counted so the Romans could figure out how much tax we had to pay. Well, my father and my uncle and I and some of our friends decided to stay out in the hills until it was over. Fewer heads for the Romans to count.
The older men were joking and telling stories. He was glowing, like he had a fire inside him.
Jonathan nodded. I have brought some good news — wonderful news for everyone.
Together they enjoy fun family times with their children and grandkids, quiet walks on the beach and the adventures of road trips. Anna and Simeon Coloring Page Ages 7 - And with joy they brought the news to a small group of shepherds who were in the fields that night watching over their flocks. See, these priests were a part of the animal sacrifice system of the church. The next step is to choose a monthly or yearly subscription, and then enter your payment information.
Abiel and I gestured impatiently for the shepherd to go on. He is the anointed One — the Lord. Again Jonathan nodded. The animals had been moved to one end, and one of the stalls had been cleaned out.
Mary was young — no more than 15, I suppose. She was sitting on a pile of straw.
The Story in the Bible. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them. A Christmas Story by Jack Kelley. In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by.
It was all exactly like the angel had said. The baby was coming, so the owner let them use the stable. Joseph also told us how an angel had told Mary and later told him that she had been chosen to be the mother of the Messiah and that even though she was still a virgin, she would become pregnant with this special child from God. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about. So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. The type of sheep the shepherds would have been raising were 'fat tailed' or broad tailed sheep. They often had lambs in the autumn and winter, rather than in the spring which most sheep in western countries these days. The shepherds were quietly getting on with their own business when suddenly an angel appeared to them.
I'm not surprised they were afraid! The angel's words to them told them of Jesus and his amazing birth and how they could recognise him in a very crowded town. The words of the hosts of angels is very similar to the words sung during a sacrifice service in the temple when there were three blasts of the temple trumpets.
This is only the second time in the whole Bible that a group of angels rather than one angel had appeared to people, so this proved that they had a very important message to give to them. We don't know the names of the angels or how many there were of them, but in the Bible it says that there are millions of angels - so it would have been an amazing experience!
If you'd like to know more about angels, go to whychristmas? There's a theory that Jesus might have been born a couple of miles outside of Bethlehem - and was actually born in the company of the shepherds! A couple of miles outside Bethlehem there was a special watch tower called the Migdal Eder, which means 'The Tower of the Flock'.