The Shepherd’s were not the typical visitors one would expect when a baby was born.
They were a rough bunch of men not necessarily welcomed by the towns people.
They were seldom noticed and often not liked by those around them.
Their role was to protect and keep from harm the herds of sheep.
If you can imagine their rough appearances and even perhaps smells.
Just as God used Joseph, and Mary and the others in the ‘nativity story’ we cannot forget the role of the shepherds and their experience.
I find it interesting that God would use these men.
They were not royalty or noted as special.
They were simple shepherd’s doing the job they always did.
If we can imagine that night.
The holy night where the darkness of the sky looked even amazing.
Looking up they realized this was a very different look for the stars.
I wonder if they brought it to each other’s attention.
I wonder also if it was a distraction to see this glorious sky forming above them.
Perhaps because these men were normal and ordinary just as Mary and Joseph were
God saw that it was good to allow them to be a part of this very special story.
Wouldn’t they be credible witnesses for others them?
Simple people bringing to life a very special story that would change everything for everyone.
As they watched the night sky an angel appeared to them and tells them to not be afraid.
Now you have to remember these men were not afraid of anything.
They were used to fighting off wild animals.
When they saw the angel they shook in fear and listened as the angel said to them, “fear not”.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by 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.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
God chooses simple people to share a profound story.
Just as He chose Mary and Joseph and all the others.
Does it make you wonder if He could choose ‘us’ too?