A nobody. Maybe that’s how you feel, like you are a nobody. Perhaps you feel unloved, and worthless, like you don’t matter, and no one cares about you. Are you at the bottom of life? Is it like you are invisible, and no one notices you? In this advent season, let me share a story with you that is very encouraging. This story demonstrates that God is the God for the nobody.
At just the right time in history, when God’s voice had not been heard in centuries, God manifested in the world. The Savior Jesus is born. The hope of all time, the coming King who would establish a never-ending kingdom had come. The hope of all the prophets appeared, as the Word of God made flesh.
“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV
The King of kings and Lord of lords entered history, and do you know who God told first? Did God send angels to tell Cesar? Or the religious leader? Or the wealthy? Or those with position in life? No. The angels announced Jesus to shepherds.
“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’”
Luke 2:8-14 NKJV
The multitude of angels was sent to shepherds. Now don’t picture nicely dressed, regal sort of folks. Imagine the roughneck type of crowd. Maybe they have beards that are a little too long, and a few too many tattoos. These are not the soft and cushy type of men, these are the types you might find in the bar on a Friday night, that will get into a scrap or two. Hardly model citizens by society’s standards. And definitely not the ones who live in a synagogue. Being a shepherd was dirty, tough, frowned upon work, that required dirty, tough, frowned upon people. Nobodies. Ignored and generally looked down on members of society. These are the last people the world would have picked to tell. The establishment would not have told them at all, and surely the would not care. Right?
No, God saw it differently. God is the God for the nobody. These nobodies were somebody special to Him. The Shepherds were the first outside people to see Jesus, and worship Him. Are you a nobody? It’s possible, but not to God. The lower you are to the world, the closer to receiving Grace you might be.
“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.””
James 4:6 NKJV
Jesus is both Lord and Christ. Humble yourself, and set Him apart in your heart, as Lord. If you are at the bottom, He came for you. Through His perfect life, horrific death, and glorious resurrection, He offers redemption, forgiveness, and transformation, to all who will come to Him in repentance and faith. Will you come to Him. Let Him change you from nobody, to a child of God.
If you don’t know Jesus, I want to give you the opportunity to trust Him for your salvation and receive His finished work by faith. If you want to make Jesus the Lord of your life, simply pray this in your heart, as a way to put your faith in Him. Say, “ Jesus, I make you the Lord of my life. I know I’m a sinner, but I believe. I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross for my sins, and I believe that You rose on the third day for my justification. I ask you to save me now. I receive you by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen”