Hey everybody! My name is Tyler Russell. I am so excited to be a part of The Greatest Story Ever Told Campaign and am here to talk to you about the story of the shepherds.
I got my coffee. I got my Bible. Go grab yours, and let’s dig into the Word of God together.
I’m going to read from Luke 2:8-20:
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
I love the story of the shepherds because it highlights a group of people who are so hungry for more and they here about the news of the messiah and they can’t help but run to see if it’s true and once they see that’s its true they run and tell everyone that they know about it.
There are three things I really want to highlight about this story that we can take away for our own life.
First, the message of Jesus is Good News that brings great joy.
It is a freeing, liberating, and transformative message for everyone. The angels came to the shepherds first. The shepherds weren’t necessarily the highest positions in the society. They were living outside of town, working normal jobs. Jesus wanted them to feel seen and to feel valued so they heard that message.
Second, like the shepherds we too are invited to be with the messiah.
The angels told them where the baby was and invited them to come. They had a choice and we have a choice as well. We can decide whether we want to believe that this is a true reality that Jesus is here and was born in a miraculous way; or do we just toss it aside, and say that’s just too much to believe therefore that’s not a place I’m in right now. We do have that choice to make, and the invitation still stands. Jesus says, “Here am I. Are you going to believe in me or not?”
We see that the shepherds believed and ran to find the truth.
Third, we have an opportunity to share this news of Jesus with everybody that we know.
We see that the shepherds went and told people about Jesus and the people were amazed. If we’ve been changed by this miracle or impacted by this miracle then we too should go tell people that we know so we can see those people’s hearts will be filled with joy and hope and excitement just as the angels promised. I hope that you are able to reflect on the story of the shepherds today. I hope that you go and share this good news inviting other people into the amazing miracle that is Jesus’ birth.
Have an awesome week and a very merry Christmas.