December 17, 2012

Shepherds Were the First to Learn


Shepherds Were the First to Learn

God invited his most creative angels to suggest how the birth of his Son should be announced to the people on earth. He began saying:
“His birthplace will be Bethlehem, the city of David, the Shepherd King, and His name will be Jesus, for He will be a Savior for all people.”
The Angel Michael, Protector of Israel, spoke first:  
“I suggest that humble shepherds be the first to receive the announcement, for Jesus will be a shepherd, guiding and protecting all people who choose to believe in Him.”
Metatron, the Patron Angel of Children, spoke next: 
“Most shepherds are children, and I like Gabriel’s proposal. It suggests that Jesus’ message to the world will be for all people regardless of their age or station in life.”
God’s Messenger, Gabriel had a special request:
“Father, your Heavenly Angels are bursting with joy on the occasion of the birth of your Son, Jesus, and we humbly and respectfully ask that we be given the great honor of making that announcement.” 
And so it was that ...
There were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’”                                               Luke 2:8-14