The shepherds were out in the field tending to their sheep. They had set up their camp and were hanging out by fire. Dinner was over and they were shooting the breeze as they listened closely for predators. Their ears are tuned to their sheep; listening closely to their voices. Listening for their needs and for their protection.
Suddenly an amazing and awesome light shown bright as the Glory of God surounded them. An angel was sent to the shepherds to announce the birth of our Savior. Shepherds. Not kings or rulers. Not persons of special distinction or talents. Shepherds.
Luke 2:8-12 MSG
"There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”
Shepherds? Why would God choose shepherds for this momentous occasion? Sending a great choir of angels and making this spectacular announcement to shepherds?
Being a Shepherd is an important aspect to the personality of our Savior. Shepherds care for their sheep. Listening for their voices. Hearing and covering them with protection and provision. Jesus, Himself, is our great Shepherd. He cares for us in this same way. He knows our voices. He looks over us and covers us with His presence. Providing us with all that we need. Protecting us from predators and providing for us. Our assurance is found in Him. Jesus, our very own Shepherd, chose shepherds for His birth announcement participants.
Luke 2:20 MSG
"The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!"
That night the shepherds were the first to know the Messiah was born. Emmanuel, God with us had been born and the shepherds were there. Telling everyone they met and shouting and dancing with joy. Our Messiah is here. The King of Kings. The Lamb of God. Emmanuel is born. The Great Shepherd of the world is born. Jesus had arrived.
As the Lamb of God, His birth and His sacrifice is for everyone. He came to save the world. Jesus IS the Great Shepherd. Sheep know their Shepherds voice. Do you know His Voice? Jesus is calling to you today. The Savior of the world wants to save you too. Get to know Him today.
Merry Christmas! The best part of Christmas is Jesus.