And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at nightâ€¦
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, â€œGlory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.â€
Luke 2:8, 13-14 (NIV)
Shepherds. Why would God decide to announce the birth of His Son to a bunch of shepherds?
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, â€œLetâ€™s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.â€ (v.15)
Maybe shepherds didnâ€™t know any better than to believe what they saw and tell others about it! Maybe they didnâ€™t know that angels didnâ€™t regularly appear in the sky and sing songs?! They had only been out on those hills tending sheep for generations! Maybe they didnâ€™t know that people might not believe them; even ridicule them for telling such stories! Or maybe they were so struck by the Good News they had heard â€“ that they couldnâ€™t keep it to themselves!
God comes in the most ordinary of moments. And when He comes in to a momentâ€¦extra-ordinary things can occur. Angels sing. Black sky is lit up with His Light. Shepherds are elevated to evangelists and tell His Good News. Will I allow God to change my ordinary moments into extra-ordinary??? Will I look for these moments with the eyes of a shepherd? Taking with joy the Good News that God sends me! And thenâ€¦ will I share this Good news with other who are just as poor as I am?
â€œAll honor and praise to our LORD in heaven! And also on earth is there peace to all on whom Godâ€™s grace, His love, rests.â€
What a wonderful declaration! God has sent His Son â€“ and we are blessed with His presence for all eternity!