The Shepherds’ Story


Then Jesus said to them, “So wherever you go in the world, tell everyone the Good News.”

–Mark 16:15 GW

Shepherds, sentinels of the night, were camping in the fields, keeping watch, guarding their sheep. Peering in the darkness—suddenly—an angel stands before them, and the glory of the Lord surrounds them with blazing light. Seized with alarm, the shepherds are struck with fear.

The angel reassures them, “Don’t be afraid! I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:10-12 NLT).

Angels arrive on the scene, praising God.

When the angels return to Heaven, the shepherds say, “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us” (see Luke 2:15).

Searching, they find Mary, Joseph, and the Baby! Do you know what they did next? The shepherds shared their story. They took time to spread the Good News of all they had heard and seen.

This Christmas season, will you share your story? Someone needs to hear what Jesus has done for you. Someone, everyone, needs to know Jesus was born for them, too.

Prayer Focus

  • Thank God for sending Jesus to this earth. Thank Jesus for taking on Himself all your sin and sickness and setting you free!
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to put people in your path who need to hear your story of freedom. Ask for boldness to share with others.
Janice Buckson

Janice Buckson

Janice is a retired home-educator who's married to her high school sweetheart. Together they enjoy fun family times with their children and grandkids, quiet walks on the beach and the adventures of road trips. Her deepest desires are to grow in Christ and encourage others with His Word.
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