One of my favorite Christmas-themed passages in the Bible is related to the announcement of the birth of Christ as found in Luke 2:8-12. One of the things which make this event as incredible as it is mind-blowing is that the angel of the Lord made this grand announcement to shepherds.
At the time, Israel was subjugated under the military might of the Roman Empire and under the religious rule of the Scribes and Pharisees. However, when Jesus Christ was born, Roman royalty and Roman dignitaries weren’t invited to this grand announcement … neither were Israel’s religious leaders, the scribes and Pharisees. It was humble and lowly shepherds working the night shift who were honored to hear the angel’s proclamation. Those shepherds worked to protect flock that was incapable of protecting themselves.
When we celebrate the birth of Christ, let us always remember that not only was He born first and foremost to save us from our sins, and that He was born in a manger … not in a palace or place of high station … but the announcement of His birth was made to the lowly; those who serve to protect the helpless. True, Christ came to die for all; rich and poor alike. But, it was the lowly shepherds who were honored during His birth and not those who seek honor among men and themselves.
Have A Blessed and Wonderful Christmas!