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[8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
12 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.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary treasured up 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, which were just as they had been told.]
The shepherds were a rough group of men, known for fighting off predators and other threats to their sheep.
So when we read that they immediately left their sheep and went to go see the Baby that was amazing for they never would leave the sheep unprotected.
Then it said they were frightened when seeing the angels. really?
This was a group of rough and tough men where nothing scared them.
This non cultured/non accepted group of men were not only selected by God through His choice but they were also used by God in the Christmas story.
Behold we find that nothing is without a reason, or purpose.
HE USES those least noticed. He calls those who are not ready, to complete the Christmas story.
Also He not only uses their willingness to go see, He uses their words as credible witnesses.
They told others and people wanted to not only hear but to go see because of their believable words.
A baby was born and changing the hearts of others already.