Nearby, some shepherds were tending to their flocks. And while Caesar Augustus made his royal court in Rome, God had decided to make his royal court the fields where these shepherds lay. Caesar Augustus may have proclaimed a census from Rome but God would make his proclamation that the Messiah had entered the world by sending his messenger angels to the least likely and the oft forgotten.
God was about to speak into the silence but it would be more than just words this time. Zechariah's doubt would be turned upside down. The people's assumption that Elizabeth's barrenness was a curse would be proved false. John would bring them both great joy. Even their neighbors would celebrate all throughout the hills.
Followers of John were paying close attention to everything Jesus was doing throughout the land. One day, these followers decided to visit John in prison and tell him everything they had seen.
Serving someone a meal is different than sharing a meal with them. Sharing a meal with the stranger is an image of what God does with us, sharing a meal with a world that can’t possibly know him unless God comes to them.
This story is a reminder that God brings hope in hopeless situations, that he's the master of breathing life back into what seems dead.
There wasn't a happy ending to the chain of events for this day, no resolution, only confusion and a feeling of lostness. All was lost.
Jesus makes a new covenant with us all through his body and blood, through bread and wine. God shows us that everything is going to be okay by sitting down and having a meal with us.
Jesus is still willfully heading towards Jerusalem to give his life for the life of the world and there's no one who knows better than him just how much it's all going to cost.
He was a man no one wanted around, a man considered traitor, and all of a sudden this would-be Messiah with eagerness tells him, "Hurry, come down, I must stay at your house today."
We find our true worth through the Gospel, the good news that money, possessions, or titles won’t stop Jesus from giving his life in exchange for ours. We find our true value in God’s love for us.