Luke 2: 8-9
“8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.”
When we think of God revealing something earth shattering and momentous, we think of mountains trembling, smoke billowing, earthquakes, etc. But not in this case.
God first revealed the birth of the Messiah to shepherds who were tending their flocks nearby. He sent His angels to quietly announce the news to them.
Shepherds were the lowliest occupation in Israel. The orthodox looked down on them because they could not comply with all of the meticulous requirements of their religion due to the demands their flocks made upon them.
Later in his life, Christ identified himself as “the good shepherd”, a nod, no doubt, to the shepherds that His mother must have told him about, who visited him when he was born.
The lowly shepherds, a child born in a stable, two parents unable to get a room…
And the glory of the Lord shone around them.
May the love of Christ be with you,
Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)