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Christmas 1977

But Why The Shepherds?

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | December 18, 1977

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The shepherds were social outcasts—rejected and dirty. Yet, God chose to announce the birth of His promised Messiah and Savior to these lowly members of society. In this message, Pastor Wiersbe answers the question: Why was the first announcement of Jesus’ birth given to shepherds?

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

Why was the first announcement of Jesus’ birth given to anonymous shepherds?

Four possible reasons God announced Jesus’ birth to shepherds first:

  • Because of their position in society
    • Shepherds were viewed as social outcasts.
    • They were seen as unclean and rejected because of their position.
  • Because they were shepherds
    • One of Jesus’ titles is the Good Shepherd.
    • When we are saved, we are part of Jesus’ flock of sheep.
    • Shepherds have played an important role throughout biblical history, and they all point to Jesus.
  • Because of their flocks
    • The shepherds were taking care of the sheep that belonged to the temple and were used for burnt offerings.
    • Jesus took the place of their sacrifice.
  • Because of their character
    • It took courage to be a shepherd protecting the sheep from wild animals and thieves.
    • It takes courage to spread the news of the Gospel.
    • The shepherds were honest
    • The shepherds were accustomed to making decisions and obeying.
    • God is looking for people who will decide to obey

People today have a hard time trusting Jesus because they are unwilling to become nothing.

No matter your social standing, your spiritual status is either dead or alive.


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