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The Good Shepherds

Weekly Devotionals

The Good Shepherds

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

– Luke 2:8-14

Of all the people in the world, why not to kings or government officials or to those in power and authority? Why did the angels make their appearance to shepherds? Shepherds were dirty, nasty, and smelly people. Shepherds were not rich and most of them did not have homes. They were often drifters; drifting from one location to another to find grass for their flock to feed on. They were not well respected, and their testimony would not stand in a court of law. Why then did the angels pronounce the birth of Jesus the Messiah to these pathetic shepherds?

The angels came to pronounce the coming of the king of the universe, and with this coming was declared peace. It is not the rich nor those with power who are in desperate need of peace, because they think they can achieve their own peace. It is those who cannot stick up for themselves, who otherwise don’t know how to find peace that are the ones who need a Messiah to bring them peace. The declaration of the coming Christ may not have been received with such joy by the kings, but by the shepherds who knew no better, it was good news indeed!

Most of our lives we all try to become kings. Whether it is through work or relationships or through achieving status in this world, we would all rather be kings than lowly shepherds. However, the problem with kings is that when the true king comes, they feel threatened and become enemies of the true king. As for shepherds, they are the ones who can truly rejoice at the coming of the king who has come for them. The truth is, all of us are lowly shepherds, not kings. When we accept this, we can truly rejoice at the coming of the king.

It is not a coincidence that the angels appeared to shepherds. In fact, it is through shepherds that God will bring peace to this world. God’s shepherds are to be like Christ for Christ himself is the good shepherd. In John 10:11, Jesus says that he is the good shepherd, and the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.

As humble shepherds, let us be in eager anticipation this week for the coming of the good shepherd, the king, the Messiah!