Resolve to Build His Kingdom
These shepherds are on the low end of the economic ladder in Israel. They really don’t make much money or have much influence. They sell their time cheap to pay the bills that peasants pay.
They are God’s chosen audience for the first announcement of the birth of the Messiah—not by accident. This is, after all, the City of David, and he was a shepherd before he was a king. Maybe he wrote that song we call the 23rd Psalm right here in the fields near Bethlehem: “The Lord is my shepherd.”
God specializes in messing up our artificial orders: the first are last, the last are first. The ministry of Jesus will feature the poor, the maimed, the halt, and the blind. In the parable of the Great Banquet the master actually uses this litany of the lowly as the invitation list.
Which reminds me of why I am celebrating Christmas myself this year. God’s grace reached me, and I was the lowest of all.