Luke 2:13-20: “And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising GOD and saying, Glory to GOD in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising GOD for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.”
WOW! A birth announcement delivered by angels! That’s how my birth was announced! Well, maybe not! How do you suppose those humble shepherds must have felt? This is such an incredible part of the story. GOD’s amazing plan of redemption and the ultimate fulfillment of His promise had occurred and it was being revealed to a group of poor, lowly shepherds. GOD’s plan did not exclusively apply to the spiritual elites and culturally powerful, but with all people. People like you and me!
John 3:16-17 reminds us that JESUS came for all people, for the entire world . . . to the rich and the poor, to the famous and the forgotten. JESUS came for you (put your name there). JESUS came for me. I did not deserve His love. I did not earn His forgiveness and redemption. Just as GOD brought JESUS into the world historically then and announced His birth to humble shepherds on that Christmas night He has come for you and for me.
I’m rejoicing with the angels and with the shepherds . . . MESSIAH is born!