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4. Christ’s Nativity – Shepherds Are Awed

Maybe it’s sort of funny how much attention some of us put into putting together pretty outfits for Sunday worship. Sure, we may want to honor God by making a little extra effort when we get ready for church.

But what does a person wear, if he or she is going to visit the very Son of God, resting in a manger and wearing nothing but swaddling cloths?

This nativity painting makes a strong statement, as the shepherds clearly dropped everything and hurried to find the holy Baby immediately after the angels heralded His arrival. Bare-chested, sweaty, and slack-jawed, these guys made no pretense of propriety or style. They simply rushed to meet the Lord.

Adoration of the Shepherds, by Guido Reni, 1600s

This is not to say there’s anything wrong with dressing up for worship or sacred gatherings. It just feels like a reminder of sorts. God welcomes mankind to know Him and adore Him, even while we still wear tattered, sin-stained rags. Then He Himself clothes us in His own righteousness.

Glory to God in the highest.

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