Luke 2:1-20, (paraphrased and contemplated in context)
“…And as The LORD would have it, (right on schedule for the birth of HIS ONLY SON in the flesh of Salvation’s Plan,) that the highest human ruler at the moment, Caesar Augustus, demanded more money from everybody in his little world. (The Caesar proclaimed himself “Augustus” to express his over-inflated & arrogant opinion of himself.)
“…And this demand for money [from those who couldn’t refuse] was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.
“…And everybody did as they were told (aka they paid the legalized extortion to the federal human leader, which included traveling all the way back in his original hometown , (no matter how inconvenient that may have been.)
“…And Joseph dutifully left his province of Galilee, starting-out from his new home of Nazareth on the long and arduous journey down-country into judea, unto King David’s hometown of Bethlehem; (because joseph was directly descended from King David himself:)
“”Joseph went to Bethlehem for the purpose of paying confiscatory tribute (in obedience to the King’s demand that he could not easily nor safely refuse,) along with Mary, his espoused (aka covenantally-bound, though not-yet-married) wife, who was well-nigh to off-loading her precious payload, (otherwise known as the Divine Baby in her womb that Joseph knew for sure was not his.)
“As a matter of fact, while Joseph and Mary were there in Bethlehem, Mary’s due-date arrived, she went into labor, and she delivered her baby boy.
“So, when she was delivered of her firstborn son, she wrapped him and swaddled Him tight in a bundle, much like Rachel Columber’s WombFruit, C, placing Him gently in a feed trough, since nobody in that town had any more room for Jesus in their homes nor in their lives than people do today in Statesboro, in the USA, nor in the contemporary world.
“…And nearby, out in the country there were citizens of the lowest class, known as shepherds, relaxing on sedimentary divans, enjoying the quiet of their green-friendly dens with expansive roofs. As was their custom, they were guarding their flock of sheep that shared with them this amazingly palatial home.
“…And before they knew it, the Angel of The LORD took them by surprise, and the Greatness of The LORD’s Glory was shining so expansively that it enveloped their world, making them SCARED out-of-their-minds!
“…And the angel said unto them, ‘Take it easy! Hold up, Guys! Nothing to be afraid of here! No worries! Why? (Motions toward Bethlehem…) There is WHY! Focus your eyes in that direction, and Listen-Up! I have Good/Great/Excellent News for you! This News will make you just as Joyful as you were Scared when I arrived! What’s more,…This is not just Good News for you! This is Good News for everyone in the world! (So, tell everybody that you meet as you get your motivation in gear!)
“For unto you is born this day/today/right now in the city of David, a Savior, the Deliverer, Messiah, Meshiach, The One Whose Coming was promised by the prophets of old, in other words, Christ, The LORD!
“…And just in case you are concerned about missing Him, this is the sign that you should be looking to find. You will find the Babe, wrapped-up tight in WombFruit, C, lying quite contentedly in the barn animals’ feed trough.
“…And suddenly (in an instant before they could prepare themselves mentally,) there appeared with the first angel, a whole crowd of heavenly individuals, who were representing servants of the LORD. They were all praising, glorifying, magnifying, and honoring The Sovereign in these very words,…
“Glory to GOD in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (After all when we are straight with GOD, we are finally able to be straight with Man.)
“At some point after the Message was delivered, the angels left the shepherds, and went back to Heaven, which prompted the shepherds to ask each other, ‘Hey! Why don’t we go to Bethlehem, to see this amazing even with our very own eyes. I mean, after all, The LORD went to all the trouble to invite us! It seems like the most neighborly thing to take Him up on His Invitation!’
“…And they were off at a trot! Sure enough they found Mary, and Joseph, and the Babe all snuggled-up in the feed trough, thanks to somebody, like Rachel Columber!
“…And when the shepherds saw for themselves that it really had happened, they started gossiping non-stop about the heavenly advertisement that they had seen, and the For-Sure Baby that they had seen for themselves.
“…And everyone who heard the words of the shepherds has a hard time taking it all in (i.e. they were speechless, awed, in wonder, amazed, etc…)
“However, Mary memorized, tucked-away, comtemplated, and pondered these events & interactions in her heart.
“…And the shepherds returned (to the flock of sheep,) glorifying and praising GOD for all the things that they had heard, and seen, as it was told unto them.
I will just expect that they were made to appreciate the value of the station in life to a much greater degree, since in one evening their title had changed from “outcasts” to “broadcasters.” 🙂