Shepherds

Luke 2:20

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

The angels announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds in the field nearby on that night in Bethlehem.  Of all the people that God could have chosen to tell of Jesus’ birth, He chose shepherds.

In the Old Testament, we have several examples of good shepherds, King David being probably the best example.  Jesus Himself used shepherds as an example of faithfulness and claimed that He was the Good Shepherd who laid down His life for the sheep.

At the time of Jesus’ birth however, shepherds were not held in high regard.  They were not considered trustworthy and their word was not even considered legal testimony in court.  These were not the most likely people to first tell the story of the Savior’s birth but God did it anyway.

The shepherds went about telling everyone what they had seen and heard, regardless of whether anyone accepted their testimony or not.  They were excited about the birth of the Savior.  They set an example for us.

It doesn’t matter if no one accepts our message about Jesus.  We are called to tell others about the good news, no matter how it is received.  The shepherds were faithful with the news that they were given and we should be too.

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