ANGELS AND SHEPHERDS! How far apart can two groups be? The dwellers of heavenly realms and messengers in God’s service and the dwellers of lonely places and lowly service would seem to be so far apart they would never meet. But it is just like our great God to bring them together the night Jesus was born. After all Jesus came to breech this great divide between a glorious God and sinful man. “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified,” (Luke 2:8-9 NIV). Put yourself in their place, if you can, and you will understand not only how unusual this event would be but how terrifying it would be. Imagine you are used to looking into the face of sheep all the time during dark nights and suddenly the brightest and most glorious light you have ever seen lights up the sky. And then this angel in His glory stands before you and begins to speak. You can understand why they were terrified, and probably not only not able to speak, but also too scared to run. And then imagine, if you can, standing in the glorious presence of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords when our turn comes.
That God decided to announce the birth of the King of heaven and earth to these lowly shepherds is amazing but also revealing about our glorious God. God is the God of all men from the most lowly on earth to those of the highest social order (as mankind sees things). And God is not afraid or hesitant to entrust His life changing message to the lowest of mankind who will believe in Him. “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,” (Luke 2:10-12 NIV). Let us lowly human beings thank God for sending his saving message, His Son, in such a glorious yet humble way. And let us beat a path to the world with the message of this glorious Savior who brings joy to an often joyless society.