Summary: This Christmas sermon includes a story at the end that should speak to those in your audience who/ve never accepted Christ.
What Can We Learn From The Shepherds?
7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
10Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
11For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger."
13And 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, goodwill toward men!"
15So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the
shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this
thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us."
16And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying
in a manger.
17Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which
was told them concerning this Child.
18And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them
by the shepherds.
19But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things
that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
Who does God announce the birth of his son to?
Too whom would you expect the announcement to go?
Why didn't God choose Herod the king?
Why didn't He want to announce the birth...
in a splendid ceremony in the Temple led by the High Priest?
Why did He choose a bunch of smelly shepherds?
The only invitation from God
to come and visit Mary and Joseph and the Baby Jesus...
went to a group of shepherds.
Shepherds were common, ordinary folks.
They were not the socially elite.
They were the last people that you'd expect God to take notice of.
In the story of God's announcement to the shepherds...
there are some very important truths.
Truth #1. Everyone is important to God.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
Back in those days, shepherds were the most despised people.
They were considered outcasts from all respectable society.
Their honesty and integrity was so questionable...
they were not allowed to testify in a court of law.
The only people lower than shepherds were lepers.
So why did God chose them?
I believe He wanted to show that His love is available to all.