That night in the fields near Bethlehem some shepherds were guarding their sheep. All at once an angel came down to them from the Lord, and the brightness of the Lord’s glory flashed around them. The shepherds were frightened. But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid! I have good news for you, which will make everyone happy. This very day in King David’s hometown a Saviour was born for you. He is Christ the Lord. You will know who he is, because you will find him dressed in baby clothes and lying on a bed of hay.”
Suddenly many other angels came down from heaven and joined in praising God. They said:
“Praise God in heaven!
Peace on earth to everyone who pleases God.”
After the angels had left and gone back to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see what the Lord has told us about.” They hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and they saw the baby lying on a bed of hay.
The shepherds were invited to come and look. To meet the son of God. They heard the news about Jesus and wanted to go and meet him for themselves. And they praised God.
We too are invited to meet the Son of God. Do you want to come?
You’re welcome – whoever you are, wherever you are coming from.
The shepherds would have been grubby, they were out in the fields when their invitation came. The Magi came from entirely different circumstances. All are welcome to come and see what God has done, to come and meet Jesus, to receive his love and to bow in worship and adoration.