Luke 2:8-11 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Its not hard to imagine shepherds, abiding in the fields keeping watch over their flocks by night. In fact, its not hard to imagine what they might have been talking about, probably the same sort of things we talk about today. One group would be talking hunting, another would be talking sports, some might be talking politics, and some would be talking about work. It would most probably be talking, its hard to read in the dark, and that was back in the days before portable TV’s. And anyone who has worked at night knows that another good reason to talk is it keeps you from falling a sleep, and also makes the time pass more quickly. Most nights it would be pretty uneventful, predators could smell the presence of humans and tended to stay away, there was other prey which was less risky. I won’t say it was boring, if it was, they’d probably look for another job; but it was certainly not the sort of thing that made the front page news.
While it began just like any other day, this night it was different. First it was the angel – not many people see angels – but they remember hearing stories about a priest, who saw a vision of angels – that was just a year ago – been hundreds of years since the last time anyone had heard such a story. It did get people talking about God being at work, and maybe something was happening –
the angel of the Lord came upon them
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them
Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy
which shall be to all people
For unto you is born this day
in the city of David
a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
What do you suppose the shepherds did next?