8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

When Jesus was born, there were many people from all walks of life who proclaimed Him as the promised Savior. Shepherds, angels, wise men, kings, and citizens of Bethlehem were among them. From the lowest in rank to the highest social status and everywhere in between, many in Judea saw the wondrous miracle and gave account of Christ’s birth that we celebrate on December 25th each year.

Oh how amazed the shepherds must have been to be recipients of this glorious announcement! Have you ever wondered why them? Why shepherds? Of all the people the angels could have appeared before, what was special about these shepherds in a field at night? The significance is great. God’s deliverer was sent for all men, not just important aristocrats or pious religious monarchs. This is still true today. Position bears no influence on Jesus’ call to believe. The angels declared that the Savior had finally come! Christ the Lord is here! The Messiah had been prophesied and promised from well in the past, and the fulfillment of this promise was the cause for great wonder and awe. Witnessing this marvelous event unfold had to be one of the most blessed and sacred moments in time.

• How do you picture what it looked like when the angels appeared in full splendor? Why was it unexpected for the shepherds to be some of the first to hear this announcement?

• Who on the “outside” do you need to proclaim the good news of the gospel to this week?

• Pray and thank God for the gospel that is truly for all people.