A Shepherd’s Christmas

The angels came from the realms of glory to announce the birth of Christ to the lowly. Why did they appear to shepherds when a shepherd’s testimony did not even count in a court of law, and what would it have been like to hear the shepherd’s tell their story? Though we do not know precisely what they said, it might have sounded something like this:

There we were out in the middle of a pasture, and all the sheep were sleeping. Then, suddenly, the sheep began to stir. At first, we did not know what was happening. Then we saw the angels. We were terrified, but they told us not to fear because they came with good tidings of great joy. Born this day in the city of David, was a child who is Christ the Lord. The long-awaited Messiah.

For thousands of years the prophets have been prophesying his coming, but what I find amazing is that, when it happened, the angels came to tell us: shepherds. Why would God announce it to us? We are not the priests or the holy ones of Israel. Most people despise us and see us as unclean and not worth anything. The only thing I can think is that the Messiah is willing to save anyone, even those like myself, the dirty and despised. The Savior was born today, and he sent his angels to tell us!

What is most humbling is what the prophet Isaiah had foretold. He said the Messiah would be “wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our sins: and it will be by his stripes that we will be healed.” I am not sure what all this means, but to think the little child I just saw is the one who has come to redeem His people, even people like myself, only makes me love him more.

As amazing as it is that the angels visited us from the realms of glory, they cannot be compared to the child, for he is the reason those realms are glorious, and he has come to sinners and sufferers. His name is Jesus, and He will save His people from their sins. Maybe that is why when I saw him, all I could do was bow down in joyful worship. Some people may only see a child, but I see my Savior and my King.

Make sure you tell everyone. He is here; the Messiah has come.

-D. Eaton

And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. – Luke 2:18

2 thoughts on “A Shepherd’s Christmas

  1. He did appear to the shepherds but there were the wise men who were looking for Him (students of Daniel) and even Herod could have come and looked for Jesus if Herod desired… Truth can only be revealed if people want to look and that is why Jesus spoke in parables.

    Matthew 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

    In a sense, appearing to common people who would receive the message is mercy, humility and is justification by faith alone.

    Both Moses and David asked, “Who am I?” and the Messiah would be a prophet like unto Moses.

    “Who am I?” suggests they recon to themselves they don’t deserve it let alone grace. Moses killed a man (Exodus 2:11-15) and yet God used this man. 1 John 3:15 says that no murderer has eternal life and the law is an example, yet we see Moses on the mount of transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8).

    When witnessing to people who have complaints about the truth of the gospel, their arguments are a works issue., i.e. “look what this person did that was wrong” as a reason to not believe, follow or come to Jesus because they misunderstand and think I cannot earn God’s grace.

    I like what the Christian group “For King and Country” said on one of their virtual concerts. The shepherds represent the misfits.

    Who else would be hanging out in a field all night? If the birth was in this century, would the angels come to announce His birth to the homeless?

    I remember talking to a young elder when Princess Diana died. There was a debate among people where Princess Diana would go after she died. The argument is between faith and works. She she could do more for people but she had the greater means to do good works for people. Am I not saved because I don’t have the means to help everyone?

    You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid in any man’s presence, for the judgment is God’s. The case that is too hard for you, bring to me, and I will hear it.’

    In a sense, the angel’s appearance is an example of how the first shall be last and the last shall be first. Its a sense of justice that the marginalized need to hear the gospel as well as anyone but in order to get the message out, it has to be given to those who would receive the word and by giving the least of people that deserve the word, the message demonstrates the gospel as a gift to those who don’t deserve it.

    And why is faith required to be saved?

    But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

    I don’t know what it is besides the classic definition that it is the substance of things not seen. The seen is opposite of what isn’t seen.

    When man sinned in the garden, its because man wanted to be like Him and we often want to be seen which is the opposite of what is not seen.

    If we want to repent and go from our condition to man before the fall, its faith.

    But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

    Did you know why Caillou (the children’s show) has no hair as the main character? So all children can identify with Caillou. Just as Caillou stands out for being bald he is like everyone else that stands out. Just as the shepards stand out, the gospel is for everyone and it is perfectly normal to stand out because the gospel is for everyone!


  2. In a real sense, the angels appearing to the shepherds answers the question how the gospel will get to those who do not know or who have never heard.


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