Full Passage Luke 2:8-20 NLT
Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased. ~ verse 14
In today’s study we are asked the question “What does the angel say to those normal, everyday shepherds?” First, he tells them not to be afraid. I can imagine that having an angel (reflecting the radiance of Heaven) suddenly appear out of nowhere would be unnerving and disorienting.
Once he has the attention of the shepherds he tells them that he has “good news”, that the “Savior…Messiah…Lord” has been born. Let’s take a quick search from dictionary.com at the meaning of those words. Savior: a person who saves, rescues, or delivers. Messiah: 1. the promised and expected deliverer of the Jewish people 2. a zealous leader of some cause or project. Lord: 1. a person who has authority, control, or power over others; a master, chief or ruler. 2. a person who is a leader or has great influence in a chosen profession 3. the Savior, Jesus Christ….the angel was telling the shepherds that the One they had long waited for had finally come.
After the angel told the shepherds how to recognize their Savior, there was suddenly a multitude of angels celebrating with him the fact that the Savior was now here on earth. I imagine that the shepherds were a bit disoriented again when they suddenly went from one angel to many.
Once they heard, they searched. When they searched, they found. After they found, they told everyone they saw in their excitement before returning to their sheep. Then they praised God for fulfilling His promise.