"When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard them were amazed at what the shepherds said to them."
Presumably, the few shepherds that came to the manger to “see this thing which the Lord has made known to us” were the only ones who witnessed the glorious celebration over Bethlehem the night Jesus was born, the only people besides the Magi (who even then were following a mysterious star to find a king) to whom the Lord gave such visible revelation.
Imagine the honor of such news coming to men occupying the absolute lowest echelon of society! Shepherds received little respect and fewer rights. They, like the tiny Shepherd of Souls born in the manger that night, were humble and poor, sleepless protectors of wayward flocks, gentle hands that guided creatures most in need of direction and care.
Jesus taught that a good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep, shielding them from any harm that might come their way. Isn’t it significant that the One God sent to “shepherd” us would place Himself between us and the death that sin brings? He did what we, like straying sheep, are totally helpless to do for ourselves.
God's revelation was to the highly-placed and also to the lowliest of people. And it is for all who come between!
Bible In A Year
- Hosea 9-11
- Proverbs 14
- 1 Peter 2-3