Why the Shepherds?

By Linclon

One of my favorite aspects of Christmas is the Nativity scene. I love to see Mary and Joseph, the loving parents of our Savior. Baby Jesus lays swaddled in a manger, surrounded by animals. The three wise men are nearby with their gifts for the Lord, and a new star rests gently above the scene. Each one of these characters is so special to the nativity. But my personal favorite is the shepherds who came to see the Savior.

shep1The story of the shepherds is special to me and they’ve gained more importance to me as I’ve thought about their meaning. The shepherds were the first to hear the news of the newborn baby. Not the king, or the city of Jerusalem, but the humble shepherds who tended their sheep outside of Bethlehem. Heavenly  Father knew they were humble enough to receive such a wonderful message. They were men who knew the scriptures well, and knew of the prophesies of a Messiah. Heavenly Father also knew they would answer His call to them to go to all the world and share the message of our Savior’s birth. They are wonderful example to us of what we should focus on this Christmas season–the birth of Jesus Christ.

Christ serves figuratively as our shepherd today. We are all members of His fold, and he leads us gently where we need to go. He protects us from harms way and helps us to grow into what we need to become, just as shepherds protect, guide, and care for their sheep. I’m thankful for the wonderful example that is for me.

I hope we can all strive to be like the shepherds of Bethlehem. May we be as willing to share the true meaning of Christmas with those around us as they did so many years ago.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Marilyn Reply

    Such a sweet message. I love Christmas as it reminds me of so many things that I need to remember and prepares me for a new year when I can strive to grow and improve. Thanks for the message.

  2. Don Allred Reply

    I feel a lot the same as you. I especially love the account of the angel appearing to the shepherds in Luke 2.

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