And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Luke 2: 8-12
The shepherds only had half of the story. However, the news was so good that only half of it was needed to be that refreshing! Out in their fields, watching their sheep by night they were given a huge surprise. An angel of the Lord appeared to them and announced that the Messiah had been born. Not only was he born….but it was not how any of them would have expected. Born to a young woman, who was poor, in a small town that was crowded for the census. The shepherds may have probably looked for something more “royal” if they had not been told differently.
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2: 16-20
The shepherds wasted no time in going to Bethlehem. They heard. They went. They saw. They went and told everybody of the Good News that had been given to the world. The shepherds was telling everyone the good news. The baby would prove to be the Savior of the world.
The Shepherds made an impact not even knowing the whole story of this baby! How much more do we need to spread the story?! We have the whole story! We know who this baby was. We knew who this baby became…..and we know what this baby did for the world. The Gospel is how God is putting the world back together again. Who are you telling? What are you waiting for?