If you had good news who would you tell first? It's just not good news, but news that will change your life. God was very particular who was to get His "tidings of great joy" first. Do you think King Herod or the Pharisees would be delighted and give praise and thanksgiving to God for His gift to the world? No. Their hearts held rejection for Jesus and their worship was offensive to God. We have Herods and Pharisees among us today classified as "SELF"... self-sufficient, self-important, self-rewarding. Shepherds were a humble class of working folks uneducated and poor, seen as outcasts by the rich. God shared His news with the humble shepherds first to show the world His Son is for all the world, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, male and female. We can only imagine the fear and wonder experienced by the shepherds as God's glory filled the heavens and the joy as they viewed the tiny baby who was going to change mankind.
Luke 2:8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Wishing you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR. GOD BLESS ALL!
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