“You see him? You see him? By Almighty God, brothers. Open your eyes. Listen.”
— What the Wise Man told the Shepherds
Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons, “The Birth”
Him – newly born Jesus, king at birth as witnessed by this wise man.
Brothers – the shepherds, nobodies, except they had just seen a multitude of angels. The people Jesus came to save, the people he identified himself with as the ‘good shepherd’.
By Almighty God – the only way to see him for who he is.
Open your eyes. Listen. – pay attention, because he is a bigger deal than the angels you just saw!
(If you haven’t read “The Birth” yet, I highly recommend it.)