When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” (Luke 2:15)
God gave a word of hope to these outcasts, these unwanted, low-society shepherds. He gave them an announcement of better things, of blessing, of new possibility. Notice, now, what the shepherds did NOT do…
They didn’t play the victim and say it was about time something good happened to them.
They didn’t show themselves to be lazy and dependent and ask someone else to bring the Messiah to them.
They didn’t make excuses or give reasons why they couldn’t get up and take hold of the promise.
Instead, they said, “Let’s go” … And they did.