Last week we considered the majesty of Jesus in his greatness. His birth is announced to all the world in the heavens, drawing the wise men of the earth to bow before him as king as they, with their gifts, allude to the grandiose work that Jesus would do to save His people from their sin. Rulers of the world view the matter important for discussion and action. This is the story that makes the headlines.
But the story of the shepherds is different. It wouldn’t have made any headlines. In terms of timing, this event happened long before the wise men appeared so there was no former fanfare. Forgotten people come to visit what what looks like a forgettable birth. It’s the anti-story of the wise men. After hearing about the incredible story of magi making their way West to worship a future king led by clear signs in the sky, a story about shepherds seems a bit anticlimactic. But let me assure you, it’s not. In fact, we may have more reason to appreciate the story of the shepherds over the story of the magi.