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.
Contrary to artistic depictions, no aura, halo or nimbus distinguished Jesus from any other human baby!
The babe in the manger is the proper focus as we prepare our hearts and minds this Christmas season. But, never forget that the One wrapped in swaddling cloths was none other than God Incarnate—Immanuel.