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Commentary: "Song of the Field"

But an angelic concert for rugged shepherds reminds us diamonds may be found in unlikely places and every person is a diamond in God's eyes. Angels sang for shepherds on behalf of all humans. The shepherds needed God's grace right where they lived, just as we do in pursuit of our daily work, for his love and salvation are offered to all without regard for one's merit or potential. God so loved the world that he gave his best (John 3:16); his gifts of love are irrevocable if we will receive them (Romans 6:23, 11:29).

That first Christmas concert began with a recitation: "Good news of great joy for all people a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Following a description of the baby and the place of his birth, the heavenly chorus sang, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!" The world emphasizes the message of peace, yet its quest for peace has been largely unsuccessful (Psalm 120:7). As a popular bumper sticker states, "No Jesus, no peace; know Jesus, know peace."

Although the shepherds may not have been the most qualified listeners to appreciate the angelic choir, they knew what to do for they were swift to hear (James 1:19). When the last note was sung and the angels left, the shepherds went with haste to Bethlehem, where they found the newborn King lying in a manger. Then they made widely known what they had heard and seen. Let us also have ears to hear the Christmas message correctly, run straight to King Jesus, and share his good news with others.

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