The first people to be told about the birth of Jesus were a bunch of ragamuffin shepherds watching a flock of sheep on the hills outside of Bethlehem. When the Lord chose to reveal this to these nomadic wanderers, he reached into the margins and shared with those the world devalued, disrespected and distrusted the greatest news the world had ever known. While the account of their story is summed up in only a few verses in Luke 2, these shepherds’ encounter with Jesus changed everything for them and for all people in all of human history.
Today we’re coming to the final NOT commandment, which is Do not Doubt. It’s OK to question. It’s OK to wonder. It’s not OK to wander. The question that will keep you from wandering aimlessly, if I abandon Jesus, to whom shall I go? And I will not go until I know the answer to that question.
The command today is important, because it’s the one that is most often quoted, and it’s most often quoted by people who aren’t even Jesus followers. It’s one of the things that they hate about Christians. They throw this command in the face of Christians all the time. Do not Judge. Do not judge, but do not stop there.