When Jesus was born God sent angels to announce his birth. Who do you think they announced it to? Did they appear in the King’s court? The Temple? The town square? No. The angels appeared to shepherds in the field watching the sheep. But why? Why didn’t they appear to important people, like kings and priests? Why did they appear to people in humble circumstances? Because Jesus came for everyone. Jesus came to save from the smallest child to the greatest king. The angels appeared to the shepherds so that every day people would understand that this Savior was for them.
The angels said that they shouldn’t be afraid that they brought news of great joy for all people. Then they told the shepherds where they could find the baby. So they hurried into Bethlehem, and as far as we know, were the very first people to visit him. What an honor! They got to see Jesus and know for sure that this was the long awaited Messiah. They got to be the ones to spread the news that the Messiah had come. We must always remember that God loves each one of us. Not just the “important” people that do big things. He loves us all. He even selected some very unimportant people (in the world’s eyes) to be the first to see his son. What special plan does he have for your life?
- Who would you have picked for the angels to announce the coming of Jesus to?
- Try to imagine how it felt to be one of the shepherds. Would you have been afraid of the angels? How would it feel to see Jesus as a baby?