Luke 2:8, 25-32 - Keeping Watch *
Nearing the end of the book of Matthew and Mark we read of Jesus explaining to His disciples the importance of "keeping watch" in order to be prepared for when God comes back. He was talking about the End Times and the disposition/attitude of heart that disciples needed to have in order to be ready for His return. He then took three of his closest disciples with Him into the Garden of Gethsemane with one simple command - "keep watch." They didn't keep this command and all three of them fell asleep, which ultimately led to a blatant denial by Jesus' closest companion Peter.
I find it very interesting that at the end of Jesus' life He spoke about the importance of keeping watch, and at the beginning of His life the announcement of His birth came to those who were "keeping watch!" These shepherds were keeping watch over their flocks so that if a wolf or bear came up to eat one of their sheep they would be ready to defend it. It was the posture of "standing ready" that Jesus was trying to relay to His disciples - the same type of readiness that these shepherds were displaying. They were not going to be caught off-guard if a wolf showed up - they would be ready. Imagine if the angel showed up only to find those shepherds sleeping - the shepherds would have missed this announcement and not gotten to personally visit the king of kings and the Lord of Lords. But because they were ready, they were keeping watch, they didn't miss this amazing visit!!!!!
We need maintain this same attitude of "keeping watch" so that we're not caught off-guard, for we never know when the enemy will come to steal what's ours and we never know when the Savior will show up to give more!
Also note in Luke 2:25-32 how Simeon was keeping watch for the Messiah to come and hence was blessed not only with the Holy Spirit coming upon him but he also got to see baby Jesus just like the shepherds did. Both Simeon and the shepherds were keeping watch, hence they were the ones God revealed Himself to and they weren't caught off-guard when God showed up!
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