Advent Day 13:

The Shepherds Story

Luke 2:8-14 (NIV)

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”


Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying'"

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”



God chose shepherds to be the very first people to hear the good news about the birth of the baby Jesus.  The shepherds were watching their sheep and protectng them from danger, just like they did on the other nights.  All of a sudden, they heard a message from angels telling them not to be afraid, and giving them instructions for seeing the baby Jesus.  They followed the directions and went to meet the baby.  What an amazing night that must have been.  The story of the shepherds reminds us that God can surprise us and meet us anytime with good news.