The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. Luke 2:10-11 NABRE
After the birth of Jesus, angels make the baby announcement. One of the first places we read they announced the baby was to shepherds who were in the fields and keeping night watch over their flock. An angel of the Lord appeared to these shepherds, a great light shining, striking fear into the shepherds. They announced to these shepherds good news of great joy for all people. Today the savior is born in the city of David, he is the Messiah and the Lord. Such an interesting announcement. Why shepherds in the fields? Shepherds had a lowly status, as we know from the call of King David. In a family the smallest, or weakest would be given the role as a shepherd. For the most part the shepherd required no skills or strength, they would simply sit, or be with the sheep. By their presence alone the sheep felt safe. Yet, an angel glowing from the light of Jesus nearby, announces to them the birth of the Messiah, the Lord, the Savior. Jesus eventually would refer to himself as the Good Shepherd, so for God, worth in work is not a judgement on value to God. Bethlehem is near Jerusalem and the temple. It is possible in a few short months these sheep would be sacrificed in the temple for Passover. In a way they too were hearing the message of the angel and maybe encouraged by the coming of a savior.
What would the shepherds do with this news? They go visit at once but in order to visit they needed support or the whole troupe would have to visit. Just hearing the news wasn’t enough for them and certainly they shared the news with others they met. What should we do with the message?
Where do you receive your validation? Are you a shepherd?Angels announce Jesus birth to lowly shepherds. Jesus eventually would refer to himself as the Good Shepherd. For God, worth of work is not a judgement on value to God. Click To Tweet
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