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The Shepherds' Surprise!

Luke 2

 

 

Not far away, there were shepherds caring for sheep on a hillside.

Suddenly a bright light shone, and an angel appeared before them! "Don't be afraid," said the angel.

"God has sent me to tell you the greatest news! This very day, a Savior is born in the city of David! You will find him lying in a manger."

Then the night burst into brilliant light and beautiful sound as hundreds of angels filled the sky. "Glory to God!" they shouted. "Peace on earth! Goodwill to all mankind!"

The shepherds left the hillside and quickly went down to Bethlehem.

And just as the angels had said, they found baby Jesus lying in a manger.

 

 

Why the Shepherds?

 

Wouldn't the Messiah's birth be announced first to the high priest of the temple in Jerusalem? No. The humble shepherds were told first. And Jesus was born not in a fancy room, but in a sparse stable in little Bethlehem. God had honored a poor peasant girl to be his promised Son's mother.

This makes us wonder about what we think is important and what is important to God. Mary had not been looking for any recognition or fame, but she was honored in a very special way. The shepherds were faithfully doing their duty, even though it did not appear great in our eyes. God comes to those who are faithful, not to those who are thought to be important by human standards.

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