Great Joy

Great Joy

Luke 2:8, 10-11 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night... 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

All the world had been waiting for the birth of the Messiah. So when this Messiah arrived how would you expect His coming to be announced? Would it come to the most important people? Would it come to those who had the most influence or the best connections? This might be the way of the world, but that is not God's way!

When the coming of the Messiah was announced we find that it was not made to the most important people, but to some of the least important people in the land. It was not made to those with the most influence and best connections, but to those who probably had the least amount of influence. It was not made in the palace but out in the field among the sheep!

You might well ask why was that? It's always the way with God that He resists the high and mighty but gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5). So it is that the announcement of the Messiah's birth comes to Shepherds watching over their flocks by night. These Shepherds are privileged to be the first ones to hear about our Saviour's birth. An Angel comes to them with the good news that a Saviour has been born in the city of David, which is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11). This is good news for us just as it was for those who heard the angel's message long ago.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King,
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.