Out in the field they were dutifully watching their sheep…sleep. The shepherds may actually have stared up occasionally into the night sky. Let’s face it, in Bethlehem, at night, out on a hillside, with sheep dozing, there wouldn’t have been a lot to do.
Maybe counting stars, looking at the big dipper or any of the other constellations would have been the big entertainment.
But not on this night, because suddenly an angel appeared.
Can’t you just see them? Trying to back away, moving backwards as quickly as they could, without looking away from the sight, they most likely thought it was a vision or a dream. They were terrified.
But the angle spoke and told them not to be afraid.
But they were afraid, after all angel visitations didn’t happen that often to shepherds out watching sheep.
The angel had news. “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.”
The angel went on to describe the situation explaining that they would find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
Then, if that wasn’t spectacular enough, a multitude of the heavenly host appeared saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”
Just how big is a multitude?
When the angels went away, the shepherds wasted no time. These guys probably knew where every feeding trough in the area was. They had to go. They had to see.
So off they went to see the amazing event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. This one had a heavenly multitude announce His birth. This Baby had to have come from heaven.
And when they saw, they knew. These shepherds met the Savior and they left to tell everyone about it.
The shepherds modeled for us exactly what we are to do. When we meet the Savior, we need to go and tell.
What a gift!