Really? Why would He pick them? Of all the people in the world, why would God pick some of the most unlikely to be a part of some of the most amazing news?
“8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2:8-14 (NIV)
In the age of social media, anyone can break important news. It is no longer famous newscasters bringing breaking news into our homes, it is anyone who has access to social media. This can be both good and bad. It is good from the standpoint we receive news quicker than ever before, almost immediately right after it happens. However, the bad side of this is that sometimes the breaking news is not really true. Just think back to last week and all the “breaking reports” about Nick Saban accepting the head coaching position at the University of Texas. Someone broke the news and sent the state of Alabama in a panic. Fortunately, for all the Alabama fans in the world, it was not true.
When news breaks it is important to have a credible and reliable source. Thus, since this is the case, why would God choose to reveal some of the greatest news in the history of the world to some of the most unlikely people? Why didn’t He reveal it to the religious leaders in Jerusalem? Why didn’t He choose to tell someone of more social importance? Why reveal it to and through shepherds.
Over the course of the next few days I will write about why I believe God chose such unlikely men like the shepherds to reveal some of the most amazing news the world has ever known. See you tomorrow!
Now that’s Something to Think About!
QUESTION: Why do you think God chose such unlikely people to break such an amazing story to the world? Leave your answers in the comments section below.