Wednesday, December 19, 2018
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
It was like any other night for the shepherds. They were watching their sheep when all of a sudden, an angel appeared and they were terrified.
The first thing the angel said to the shepherds was, “Do not be afraid.” God knew that fear would be the first emotion the shepherds would have felt. He wanted the angel to assure them there was nothing to fear.
Why did this happen? God chose this revelation to the shepherds to show that whether you are rich or poor, his love is for all people.
In the picture above of the Children’s Christmas Pageant, the children are acting out the visit by the shepherds to Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus. This is all part of the education process. When children sing and dramatize the scripture, they remember it for a lifetime.
After the shepherds saw the baby, they went and told everyone. These shepherds were the first human evangelists. The first people to tell about Jesus’ birth.