There were shepherds in the field watching over their flock by night.
“I bring you good news of a great joy!”

Luke, an outstanding historian, provides the most complete overview of the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. Its very likely that he interviewed Mary, and some of the shepherds who had witnessed the event, in order to provide such vivid detail of the angel’s words, and the reaction of all the participants.

Everything started with Mary and Joseph receiving the revelation of the coming Messiah. It was exciting news, but there was a problem, they lived in Nazareth. God, speaking through the prophet Micah, had promised that Bethlehem Ephrathah would be the birthplace of His King (Micah 5:2). God had to get Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem, almost 70 miles away, and about three days by foot under the best conditions – maybe several more days for someone traveling pregnant. This was not a journey one would make, especially late in a pregnancy, unless forced to by circumstances beyond their control.

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