While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Imagine the darkest place you’ve ever been–away from streetlights, building and cars.

Maybe you’ve gone camping or to a cabin…

Now imagine that dark stillness is suddenly shattered by a bright light, and the light turns out to be an ANGEL announcing something important…to YOU!


That was the experience of the Shepherds on the night that Jesus was born.

They were used to being out away from town (and there weren’t any street lights, and no ‘spillover’ light from local shopping centers!).

It was dark and quiet, except for the bleating of their sheep, as it was every night.

Suddenly the silence was broken, and the dark night was illuminated by an ANGEL!

“They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.  The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!  And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:9-12)

The SAVIOR and Lord was born!

…a baby in a manger? Seriously?

Then, as if this news and this appearance hadn’t already made their knees knock, there came more Angles!

“Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

 “Glory to God in highest heaven,
    and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Then the angels left.

Darkness again.

Quiet again.

They went back to their sheep and shepherding….NOT!

They said,

 “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us 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, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.” (Luke 2:16-20)

This was a momentous moment in world history, and for some reason, God had announced it to them!

They couldn’t help but be changed!

Take a listen to this song, and consider, how would YOU react if God in the flesh was announced to you by Angels?

What is the best reaction for us today?

Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

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