Read Luke 2:11-12. TEXT: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).
The angel's good news begins with the words, "Unto you." Stop a minute and let that sink in: "Unto you." We may not realize it, but those words had special meaning to the shepherds. Throughout history shepherding was never a highly respected occupation (see Genesis 46:31-34). Shepherds were often held in contempt by the movers and shakers in society.
The lowly shepherds must have been amazed that God sent an angel to them. By doing so, God made it clear that no one is too lowly or despised for His favor, no matter what human society says or thinks.
After all, shepherds always had a special place in God's heart. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were all shepherds. God chose a young shepherd named David and made him king over the nation of Israel. In the 23rd Psalm, David describes God Himself as a "Shepherd," which title Jesus will gladly take to Himself when He says, "I am the Good Shepherd. ..." (John 10:11a).
It's easy to feel small and unimportant in this world, especially when people treat you as if you are insignificant. But the angel's words ring across the centuries to you and me. "Fear not ... for unto YOU is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
That's right. Jesus Christ was born for you.
THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for coming into this world for me. Remind me that You lived and died not only for me, but for all people, that I may pass along this exceptional good news. Amen.