An angel of the Lord appeared to [the shepherds], and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:9-11 (NIV)
Shepherds. Angels. A message of hope and an invitation to participate. This is the part of the history that shows that the Savior is for everyone, from all walks of life. Kings. Shepherds. Come and share in the joy. The Messiah has come that we might be reconciled with our Heavenly Father. That should fill us with great joy. Our biggest problem, maybe our only real problem – sin, has been dealt with. Rejoice in that this holiday season.