I’m sure it was just like any other night. The shepherds were in the field keeping watch over their flock. I wonder if they all stayed awake or took turns watching. I wonder what they did to pass the time?
Yet here they were. Poor lowly shepherds. Whose only job was to look after the sheep.
Night after night, they watched the sheep. Nothing exciting. That is until one night, alone out in the field.
Suddenly, the sky was filled with the glory of God and angels appeared.
The shepherds were shocked and afraid. But the angels said
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, good will toward men (Luke 210-14)
I’m always a little stunned as I read this passage. For the shepherds were no one special. They were nobodies. Yet, it was these shepherds that the Father chose to reveal the great news of Jesus birth to. Had He revealed it to Kings and Queens, would they have cared? If He had reveled it to others, would they have believed. Yet, He chose to reveal it to the Shepherds.
For the Shepherds believed. The Bible says that at once they said to one another, let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing, which the Lord has made known to us.
Now you have to understand Shepherds. They did not leave their sheep unattended. This was their job, their livelihood. If a sheep were to go missing, it could cost them their job. Yet, none of this seemed to matter to them on that night. For they came in “haste” and found Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus , just as the angels had said.
But this was not all, for after seeing the Christ, they hurried and told everyone they met about Jesus. And when they had returned they glorified and praised the Lord.
Many the Bible tells us wondered at this news the shepherds had shard with them. I’m sure many though what do they know? Who are they to tell us anything?
Yet once again, God had chosen the foolish, the weak, the lowly, the despised... so that He might receive all the glory. So that He might get all the praise.
The shepherds believed God and went. They saw and they told. They risked their jobs to obey what the angels told them.
Yet, what they did that night has been passed down through the ages. What they did was recorded in the Scriptures.
You never know what little things you may do, that bring great glory and honor to the Lord.
You may think you are no one in the eyes of the Lord, but You are His beloved. He knows everything about you and loves you all the same. He knows the number of hairs on your head and His thoughts of you outnumber the grains of sands on the shores.
I’m sure the shepherds weren’t treated that great by all. I’m sure they often dreaded going into the field night after night to watch the sheep. I’m sure they often felt forgotten and may have wondered at the ways of God.
But, they were not forgotten. They were not unloved.
And at just the right time, the Lord spoke to them the greatest news ever recorded in all of history.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.(Luke 2:11)