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 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 Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. 12 Andthis 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!”[a]
The first group of people God sent to hear about the birth of Jesus were not kings, scholars or priests. They were lowly shepherds. Shepherds lived on the edge of society. They were considered “unclean” by their religious countrymen. Yet it is to such people that God chose to announce the greatest news the world has ever (and will ever) hear. A Saviour has been born and that Saviour is also the world’s rightful King. Not a king who will be separate from the lowly and poor, but a King who is born as one of them. Christmas is good news for everyone.