I was angry as we ran to Bethlehem; why should shepherds honor the birth of a nobleman’s son? And make no mistake, this was a noble birth. Why else would we hear so much about a prince? Imagine my surprise when we arrived at… a stable, which housed cattle, sheep, and a peasant couple adoring a new-born son.
I approached his “royal” feeding trough and gazed into his eyes. They were deep and dark as pools; and in their innocence seemed to embrace the entire world: peasant and noble alike. It was then that my anger melted, and my heart joyfully sang “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth… peace.”
- from Nathan, a Shepherd, by Bo Crowe
Nearby, in the fields outside of Bethlehem, a group of shepherds were guarding their flocks from predators in the darkness of night. Suddenly a messenger of the Lord stood in front of them, and the darkness was replaced by a glorious light—the shining light of God’s glory. They were terrified! Don’t be afraid! Listen! I bring good news, news of great joy, news that will affect all people everywhere Today, in the city of David, a Liberator has been born for you! He is the promised Anointed One, the Supreme Authority! You will know you have found Him when you see a baby, wrapped in a blanket, lying in a feeding trough. At that moment, the first heavenly messenger was joined by thousands of other messengers—a vast heavenly choir. They praised God. To the highest heights of the universe, glory to God! And on earth, peace among all people who bring pleasure to God! As soon as the heavenly messengers disappeared into heaven, the shepherds were buzzing with conversation. Let’s rush down to Bethlehem right now! Let’s see what’s happening! Let’s experience what the Lord has told us about!
- Luke 2.8-15 (The Voice)