As you enjoy the lights of the season, remember that tonight the Judeo-Christian world celebrates the reality that light conquered the darkness!
There is no indication of angelic GPS or even verbal directions to guide the shepherds to the manger. There is also no mention of confusion or frantic discussion about an extensive search for the baby.
Temple shepherds were the first to hear the angelic announcement of Jesus’ birth. The angel’s message brought overwhelming joy to the shepherds because their knowledge of Scripture undoubtedly included the prophecies concerning the Messiah.
The drama unfolding on the night of Jesus’ birth has captured the imagination of Christians through the centuries. By God’s grace, we share in the benefits of the awesome angelic announcement!
Our romanticized impressions of that historic moment of the angelic announcement to the shepherds often fails to take into account the tumultuous tyranny of Roman occupation in Israel. The reality of peace must have seemed elusive to shepherds who first heard the message of, “peace, goodwill toward men.”