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verse 15: “And it came about when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”

Shepherd 1: “Sure is a quiet night tonight.”
Shepherd 2: “Yes, just like all the other nights.”
Shepherd 1: “Yes. Except for the occasional wild animal threatening the sheep, it’s really pretty boring out here.”
Shepherd 2: “Yes. Nothing ever really happens out here at night.”

Now, I am not saying that that’s what the shepherds “watching their flocks by night” said on that first Christmas night. I can only imagine it was work as usual for them. I can imagine I might think these thoughts if I were in their shoes. During Biblical times, being a shepherd was one of those jobs not known for its prestige or fame. It was a common job that was necessary.

But that night was different.

It was to these shepherds that the most spectacular invitation on record was given. An angel told them of the Good News, that the Promised One, the Messiah, was born this night on earth. The angel and heavenly chorus announced the event to these common laborers. God could’ve announced the birth to any type of citizen He wanted to….but He chose the shepherds. After all, when you think about it…what more appropriate people to tell the news about He who is the Good Shepherd, He who is the Lamb of God… than to shepherds?

Merry Christmas!

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