12 Christmas Characters: Shepherds

Welcome! In light of the holiday season, I wanted to share the Christmas story, but I didn't want to look at in the traditional way. Christmas isn't about Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, it is about the birth of Jesus. By Christmas Eve, I will focus on 12 people surrounding Jesus' birth and their role in the story. I welcome your thoughts and hope to express why I love Christmas so much.

As Mary and Joseph were taking care of their newborn baby, shepherds were in the fields nearby doing what they do: taking care of sheep. It is surprising that God saw fit to send angels to visit shepherds and tell them about the birth of Jesus. They were just normal, everyday working-class people. We can only imagine what it would have been like to have been a shepherd in the field that night.

"I just finished counting all the sheep, Joe."

"Want some stew?"

"Sure thing, Pete! I'm famished."

*ANGELS APPEAR*

An angel said, "Do not be afraid, I'm here to tell you about the great news that is for all people."

Shepherds thinking... "How could we not be afraid? We were just out here in the dark and now the field is lit up and there are lots of angels!"

The angel continued, "A Savior was born today in the little town of David. You will find him in a stable and his blankets will be like rags."

Once all of the angels left, the shepherds said, "Let's go see this new baby that the Lord told us about!"

The shepherds went and visited Jesus. Once they saw him in the stable, they began telling everyone about his birth. Everyone who heard their story was amazed that the Savior was born! The shepherds were excited about all they had heard from the angels and what they had seen.

Obviously, I've written what I think would have been going on in the shepherds' minds. The point I'm trying to make is that God chose to tell common people about Jesus. This is pivotal in the way Jesus lived and taught. He came to save all people, not just religious or important ones. Specifically appearing to shepherds, shows us that He indeed cares about all of us no matter our place in society.  

For the actual story visit: Luke 2:8-20