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