By: Lisa Wilmore
The Word of God: … “ And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 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 it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them” (Luke 2:8-20 KJV).
Shepherds have been recorded in many accounts in the bible. Shepherds such as Abraham, Moses, David, Jacob, and others have been noted for their duty in watching and taking care of the sheep. With this in mind, Luke, the writer, of the above noted text records that angels came to shepherds in the field and made the grandest announcement of the birth of the Messiah. Scholars noted that “these shepherds may have been the shepherds who supplied the lambs for the temple sacrifices, performed for the forgiveness of sin. The angels invited the shepherds to greet the Lamb of God, who would take away the sins of the world forever” (LAB, 1468).
After meeting the savior, the shepherds returned, “glorifying and praising God” for what they saw and heard (Luke 2:20). So, what is your reaction to the birth of our Savior? We should be like the shepherds praising and glorifying God for the greatest lamb of all, Jesus. Don’t forget to share him this season.