Monday, December 21, 2015

Why Did the Angels Appear to Shepherds?

It was like any other night. The shepherds were pulling the night shift near Bethlehem. Little did they realize that a host of angels would suddenly appear to announce the most significant event to ever happen on earth—the birth of a baby who was God in the flesh.

You’d think that the angels would appear to the high priest and the Sanhedrin, who were the religious leaders in Israel. Why did God chose shepherds to be the first to receive the good news? Although the Pharisees and Sadducees appeared to be pious to everyone else, the Lord knew the corruption and evil that lurked in their hearts.

On the other hand, the shepherds were humble and were probably raising sheep that would be sacrificed in the temple. Perhaps they sat around the campfire, discussing the Scriptures concerning the Messiah being the sacrificial Lamb who would die for the sins of the world.

An angel suddenly stood before them and announced, “Today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord…You will find the baby wrapped in cloths, and laying in a manger” (Luke 2:8-14). Then, a multitude of angels appeared, praising God. Maybe the Lord sent only one angel to make the announcement, and then sent the multitude of angels to confirm the message.

If I were one of the shepherds, I would have asked, “Are you going to give more details about how to find this baby? How about drawing us a map?” The angel could have said, “Take a right at the tax collector's office, go down three blocks to the Bethlehem Inn and ask the innkeeper how to get to the stable. It’s the first manger on the left. You can't miss it. It’s the only one with a baby inside.”

In spite of the poor directions, God made sure that the shepherds found the baby. And if you are willing to search for Christ, He will make sure that you’ll find Him as well.  @Kent Crockett

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