It is wonderful that the story should tell that the first announcement from God came to the shepherds. Shepherds were despised by the good people of the day. Shepherds were quite unable to keep the details of the ceremonial law; they could not observe all the meticulous hand-washings, rules and regulations. Their flocks made too many constant demands on them.
It was to simple men of the fields that God's message first came.
But these were, in all likelihood, very special shepherds. In the morning and evening, an unblemished lamb was offered as a sacrifice to God. To see that the supply of perfect offerings was always available, the Temple authorities had their own private sheep flocks; all these flocks were pastured near Bethlehem. It is most likely that these shepherds were in charge of the flocks from which the Temple offerings were chosen. It is a lovely thought that the shepherds who took care of the Temple lambs were the first to see the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
When a boy was born the local musicians gathered at the house to greet him with simple music. Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, so that ceremony could not be carried out. It is a lovely thought that the host of Heaven took the place of earthly music and angels sang the songs for Jesus.
It is the great thought of the Christian faith that we have a God who knows the life we live because he too lived it and claimed no special advantage over common men.
Life Application: I was born 15 months after my brother was born. We were a rather poor family, so I don't think there was much of a celebration; but after I gave my life to Jesus, things were different. God has always supplied my needs - and more. My parents did their best for us. They took us to church so that we could be exposed to the Gospel and salvation. Hallelujah! Amen!
Praise/Prayer: My dear Father, I know that You had a plan for me and saw to it that I received exposure to Church and to the Gospel. Jesus came into my life when I was a boy, and all things changed. I am so thankful. If Jesus is not your savior, you do not know what you are missing. Ask Him to be your savior and everything will change. Amen!