In the fields near Bethlehem, there were some shepherds spending the night, taking care of their flocks (14).
Suddenly, an angel of God appeared to them, and the glory of God was shining all around them! They were terrified, but the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all people. Today, in David’s town, your Savior was born — Jesus the Christ! You will know this is true when you find the baby wrapped snugly & lying in a feeding trough.”
Then a great army of angels appeared in the night sky, singing praises to God! “Glory to God in heaven, and peace to his people on earth!”
When the angels had gone, the shepherds said to one another, “We have to go to Bethlehem & see this.” So they hurried to Bethlehem, and they found Mary & Joseph, and they saw the baby lying in the feeding trough.
The shepherds told Joseph & Mary what the angel had said about the child. Mary didn’t understand it all, but she didn’t dismiss it either. Instead, she kept all these things in her heart & thought of them often.
The shepherds went back to their flocks, praising God for all they had heard & seen. Everything had happened just as the angel had told them it would. As the news spread, people were amazed at the shepherds’ claim that Jesus was the Messiah whom God had promised in the inspired Jewish scriptures!
A week later, when the time came for the baby to be circumcised, he was named Jesus, the very name which the angel had given for him, before Mary became pregnant.
(14) Luke 2:8-21