Today's Devotional Thought
December 05, 2011 by Rachel Piferi
What About the Shepherds?
Have you ever thought what it must have been like to be the shepherds on the night that Jesus was born? Imagine just a normal night, doing your job, and then, out of nowhere, you are surrounded by angels singing and telling you that your Savior has been born.
In Luke 2, verses 10 and 11 we see the angels appearing to the shepherds:
But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.'
It is so awesome how Jesus came to Earth. He didn't come with the expected and deserved celebration. He was born in a stable, laid in manger, and the first people told of his arrival were societal outcasts, lowly shepherds. Just think about that for a moment. Don't you think that God could have arranged better accommodations for His son's birth?
Of course He could.
But, just look at the awesome symbolism in the way that He did come. Shepherds were told of His birth first. Lowly shepherds who were watching, protecting, and guarding their flock at night were the first ones told of the birth of Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Just as these shepherds were guiding their sheep at night, Jesus is our shepherd and guides us during our dark periods. And, the Good Shepherd had arrived to the world and He was being introduced to the common shepherds first. And, He was being introduced to them as their Savior. As it says in Luke 2, 'Today, in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you.' The angels are telling the shepherds that Jesus has been born to them. Not just to those with elevated social standing. Not just to those who deserve it. To them. Common men. Lowly shepherds watching their flock at night.
It must have been amazing to be a shepherd on the night of Jesus' birth. To hear the angels tell them that their Savior was born. And, that he was a Shepherd just like they were.