Luke 2:8-20 -And in the same area there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And then an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were very afraid. 10 But the angel said to them, “Listen! Do not fear. For I bring you good news of great joy, which will be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign to you: You will find the Baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly there was with the angel a company of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, and good will toward men.”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
16 So they came hurrying and found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in a manger. 17 When they had seen Him, they made widely known the word which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
When Jesus was born, God did not use kings or important dignitaries to announce His birth, but instead He sent His angels to Shepherds who were abiding in the fields tending to their flock in the middle of the night.
Imagine this scene in your minds: Like any other night, these shepherds were minding their own business, tending to their sheep when all of a sudden angels appear. Not only do they appear, but scripture says "the glory of the Lord shown around them".
Of course the Shepherds were afraid because it was at night, but the angels said to them "fear not"!
Let's listen to the good news that the angels brought to the shepherds that night in vs# 10-11- And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
Look at God! He used shepherds to deliver and announce a divine message about His son who would one day become the "Lamb" that will be slaughtered just to take away the sins of the world.
Yes, Jesus birth announcement was given by "Angels" that day who announced to the Shepherds tending their flocks that the "Savior of the world" was born" and invited them to go and see the Lamb of God for themselves who would take away the sins of the world.
No greater news could ever be announced to this sinful, fallen, lost world than the glad tidings of great joy that a Savior has come to this world to save His people from their sins.
Does it bring joy to your heart on today in knowing that God in the form of His Son Jesus Christ, put on flesh, came to earth dwelt among us and died for our sins in our place?
Do you realize that it is nothing about us that causes us to deserve such "LOVE", but it is only because of God's "GRACE" and His "MERCY" that we are not consumed by the penalty of sin and death. John 3:16-for God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
Our knowledge of God's grace and mercy in what He did for us at Bethlehem and Calvary should cause us to run and spread the good news of the Gospel.
If you have accepted God's Gift, "Jesus" as your Lord and Savior, you too have a reason to rejoice and share this "Good News" that s Savior has come into the world to die for our sins.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for His Son, Jesus who paid the ultimate price for our sins so that we may live in eternity with Him.
God bless you all.