Time sure flies when you’re having fun! Today we covered Luke chapter 2, when an angel of the Lord came to the shepherds and proclaimed that their Savior was to be born in Bethlehem. In this passage, the shepherds were so overwhelmed with this news that they immediately headed to Bethlehem. After seeing Jesus, they were filled with joy and begin to praise and glorify God.
This passage is worth noting because the shepherds were not important at all. They held no significance in the kingdom, but the angel came to them. After hearing the news, without hesitating, they rushed to Bethlehem. Finally, when seeing Jesus, their Savior, they did not just celebrate His birth, they glorified God. He had fulfilled His promise!
“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’ And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”
Here are some questions to ask your camper:
- What was your favorite activity today?
- What story did you talk about today?
- The Shepherds and the Angels
- What did you learn about God?
- That He fulfills His promise and is to be glorified always.
- Why did the angel come to the shepherds instead of someone else more important?
- The shepherds represent the average human. No one is more deserving than someone else when it comes to receiving the good news of the Lord.