It started out just like any other night on the Judean hills. The sheep were settled for the night, the shepherds gathered around their campfire, sharing a last cup of coffee before the guards took up their positions and the rest found a place for a few hours sleep.
But this night was to be different, as the sky suddenly became filled with a strange light. Their hearts filled with fear wondering what was happening. Then an angel appeared to them, telling them not to be afraid, that he was bringing good news, not only for them, but for all mankind. No doubt they were all familiar with the promise of a redeemer that would come. Now, the angel revealed to them that this Saviour had indeed been born that very night in the city of David.
As angels sang of peace on earth, the shepherds with one accord, left their sheep and traveled to Bethlehem to see the Baby and to worship Him. Then they spread the glad tidings to all they met.
May we take time this Christmas season to worship, not a baby in a manger, but the Christ who came as our Saviour and Lord.
Prayer: Jesus you chose humble shepherds to be the first ones to know of your coming. May we be as faithful as they were, to tell others about your great salvation and your soon return.
Devotion by Anne Johnston