8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”Luke 2:8-15
Whatever became of these shepherd boys? It would be interesting to have followed these boys that night and many years later. There’s no doubt that night changed them completely. Did they realize who this baby was? When the heavens opened up and they saw the angels, they quickly obeyed and left their sheep. Did they get into trouble later because they left their sheep exposed? They had a story to tell but who would believe them? We speak of them fondly one month a year.
They weren’t the Main Act, but they all pointed to the Main Act. As boys they would never be the Main Act, and yet the Creator of the World chooose to use there boys to introduce us to Jesus, the Son of God. We don’t know their names but we know about their obedience and eagerness to worship a baby boy.
Mere boys. Just imagine what He could do with mere adults who have that same passion but are more mature and stable in their faith!