Summary: In today's lesson we learn about the shepherds visiting the baby Jesus, and we should respond to Jesus.
We are studying the life of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke in a sermon series I am calling, “To Seek and To Save the Lost.”
Last week we examined the birth of Jesus. Today I want to look at what happened immediately following the birth of Jesus. Luke tells us that shepherds visited Jesus later on the same day of his birth.
Let’s read about the shepherds’ visit to Jesus in Luke 2:8-21:
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2:8-20)
In our culture many parents send out an announcement of the birth of their precious newborn child. Sometimes it is simply done via email, letter, or a phone call. Or, many choose to send out more elaborate email-grams or cards.
Pastor John MacArthur notes that “if the announcement of Jesus’ birth had been part of a humanly planned public relations campaign, it would have been handled very differently. The announcement would have targeted the powerful and influential in Israel: the high priest, the members of the Sanhedrin, the priests, Levites, scribes, Sadducees, and Pharisees. Instead God chose to reveal this glorious truth first of all to members of a lowly, despised group.” God first announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds.
Today, I would like to look at the account of the shepherds visiting the baby Jesus in Luke 2:8-21.
So, an analysis of the account of the shepherds visiting the baby Jesus will show us how to respond to Jesus. In Luke 2:8-21 we learn the following about the shepherds: