Countdown to Christmas
Countdown to Christmas – Day Seventeen
"When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,"
So far I have looked at 16 verses covering "The Christmas Story.
If you break it out by the key player(s) in each verse, it seems that there are:
Government leaders – 3 verses
Mary/Joseph – 2 verses
Baby Jesus – 6 verses
Angels -4 verses
Shepherds – 4 verses
And if you peek ahead the shepherds pick up a couple more verses. So they will end up with almost a third of the story.
I guess I never realized just how much face time the shepherds got in this version of the telling of the birth of Jesus. And since there are only two takes in this in scripture, the Shepard's get really big, perhaps too much to my expectation, attention.
What did they do to deserve all the good they got from Jesus…wait a minute, that's the theme of the whole book….