I love how God loves to do the unexpected! He delights in surprising us by making the unlikely likely! Such was the case with the first messengers who announced that Jesus was born.
I can imagine it was just like any other night the band of shepherds were guarding their sheep. Perhaps they were sitting around a camp fire after seeing that their flock of sheep had settled in for the evening. Maybe they were enjoying each other’s company bantering back and forth about the events of the day. Whatever they were doing prior to the arrival of the Angel of the Lord, it paled in comparison and was soon forgotten.
“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:8-14, NKJV)
Isn’t it interesting that God didn’t announce the birth of His Son, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to those who lived in palaces! He didn’t place an ad in the Bethlehem News or spontaneously broadcast it to the world at large. God did the unexpected. He chose to announce it to blue collar workers; shepherds!
Have you ever had God do the unexpected in your life? Be sure to tell me about it in the comment section.
God specifically chose these men to be the first messengers to spread the word that Jesus was born. The scripture records that after the Angel of the Lord had appeared to them they immediately rose to go and find the child the Angel had spoken about.
“They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished.“ (Luke 2:16-18, NLT)
These unlikely men, probably forgotten or taken for granted by most, rose to prominence in God’s eyes. He knew that they would spread the Word about the coming of the Messiah with everyone who would hear. People were astonished at their sayings. No doubt, they hadn’t expected to hear this kind of news coming from shepherds! God did the unexpected by using these first messengers to share the good news that Jesus, the Messiah, the Redeemer of Israel was born!
This Christmas, let’s have the mindset of these first messengers. Let’s dare to allow God to do the unexpected through us and share the good news that Jesus was born to save His people from their sins! (Matthew 1:21)