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The Shepherds Worship Jesus

Luke 2:15-20; The Desire of Ages, pp. 47, 48


The Message

We worship the God who guides us.

Memory Verse

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:14).

When you receive a gift, do you thank the person who gave it to you? I hope you do! Thanking people for their gifts is very important.


Still amazed at what they had seen in the middle of the night, the wide-awake shepherds chattered among themselves. The angel choir that had come to them in the night was gone now.

What a message the angel had delivered! “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:11, 12).

Could it be true? Would they find the Messiah, their Savior, in the nearby city? Bethlehem was known as the City of David. And it was a short distance from the hillside where the shepherds watched their sheep. But why would the Messiah be lying in a manger? That’s what the angel had said. A manger! How could that be? Could the Messiah, the Savior of the world, have come to them as a baby?

They knew that newborn babies were wrapped in soft pieces of cloth to keep them warm and dry. But babies were kept at home—in a house, not in a place with animals. It seemed so strange.

“Let’s go to Bethlehem and see for ourselves,” said one of the shepherds.

“The Lord has sent this message to us,” said another.

“These were angels! I’m sure of it,” called out another. “I believe we should go too.”

So it was that deep in the night, the shepherds rushed off to Bethlehem. There in a stable near an inn where people slept the night away, they found what they were looking for—a baby wrapped in soft cloths, lying in a manger.

How did they find the stable where the baby had been born? Surely God guided them to that place. And once there, they told the baby’s parents of the angel’s visit and the beautiful angel choir who sang those words of praise:

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace to men.”

Together, in silence and awe, the shepherds knelt around the manger. There, they worshipped their Savior as the baby’s parents looked on.

All too soon, the shepherds had to return to their sheep. Filled with joy, they just had to tell others. As they left the city, they could not keep the good news to themselves. And they spread the word to all they met. Glorifying and praising God, they spoke in awe of the angels’ visit. They told of the babe in the manger, and of the God who sent the message to them.

Joseph and Mary were pleased that the shepherds had come. They had gladly invited them inside and listened to their story. They too were amazed at all that had happened. Surely God had guided the shepherds. And He would guide the infant’s parents as they cared for the precious gift God had given them.

The shepherds would never forget that night. They had seen the fulfillment of the prophecies they had studied for years. And neither would Mary forget. The Bible tells us that she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.