The Father’s perfect plan did not end at His Son’s appearance as a newborn. All of the powerful and loving attention He gave to the creation of the world continues in the unfolding of its history.
“So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:16-20
The shepherds, as the first witnesses of the birth of the “Savior” (verse 11), may be biblical role models for everyone who comes to recognize the “good news of great joy” (verse 10). Let’s consider how their actions might be behavior we need to repeat today – from confirming and accepting the Truth to returning and continuing their lives and sharing with enthusiasm.