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.
The 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.