|From my nativity scene|
In the narrative of the birth of Christ, the shepherds played a significant role. But what do we really know about them? Why did God choose shepherds to be among the first individuals to witness the birth of the Messiah?
On Friday evening, I attended our church’s annual performance of “This Very Night”, a pageant of drama and music portraying the events surrounding this historical event. While the entire presentation was captivating and moving, I was especially struck by the realism as the peasant people of the day walked in with live animals – chickens, goats, a rabbit, a duck, and sheep. As the narrator recounted some of the Biblical account, sheep were “Baaaa…ing” in the background and while it was comical, it made the story spring to life. Another highlight for me was seeing our precious little children dressed up in shepherd and angel costumes and singing with great enthusiasm. Most of them knew every word!
|Watching a shepherd in Scotland|
|Taken in village centre of Zermatt, Switzerland|
This makes me wonder why God would choose for them to be the first to hear of the birth of Christ, the Messiah. Did they know anything of the Old Testament prophecies that caused them to be more open to the good news the angels told? Or were they just curious? Shocked that the angels would appear and speak to them?
What we do know is the shepherds recognized this message came from the Lord, they hurried to find and visit the baby, and then spread the word about Jesus to anyone who would listen. The result…all those who heard the message were amazed at what the shepherds said. (Luke 2:8-18)
|Taken in Wengen, Switzerland|
|West End Baptist|
Here is another of my favourite Christmas carols:
While shepherds watched
Their flocks by night
All seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down
And glory shone around
Until next Sunday,