Christian Short Stories

Angels Announce the Birth of God’s Son
By Greg Miller

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Several shepherds watchfully tended their flocks of sheep on the Judean hills near Bethlehem.

The night was quiet and the atmosphere was pregnant with God’s power and purpose. The shepherds didn’t know they were going to experience a joy they had never known before. Because they didn’t want to disturb the sheep, the shepherds quietly discussed a variety of topics, including the subject of the long-ago promised Messiah.

“I’ve almost lost my faith in God,” said Samuel, the youngest shepherd in the group. “All my life, I’ve heard about the coming of the Messiah, but I never see any signs of His coming. I wonder if any of us will see the coming of the Promised One during our lifetimes.”

“Doubts occasionally cross all of our minds,” admitted Daniel, who, along with his twin brother, Caleb, helped watch the sheep. “But true faith continues to believe even when no visible signs of His coming are present.”

“That’s true,” remarked Seth, the group’s oldest shepherd. “I pray all the time that the Promised One will be coming soon.”

The silence of the night was shattered as from the heavens the angel of the Lord announced, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

A heavenly choir of angels then proclaimed in song, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Initially, Samuel doubted the accuracy of the good news. “Can it really be true?” he asked.

All the shepherds, including Samuel, raced toward Bethlehem to witness the fulfillment of prophecy. Running as quickly as they could run, the shepherds entered the stable, humbly bowing to worship God’s Son.

Coming to grips with the unfolding of history and the fulfillment of prophecy, the shepherds left the stable and began sharing their story of the appearance of the angels and their awe of God’s Son lying in a lowly manger before returning to the responsibility of caring for their flocks.

Samuel’s skepticism had been transformed into joy. As they got back to the sheep, Samuel proclaimed, “It’s just like I’ve always said, ‘The Messiah is coming at any time!’”

Caleb chimed in, “And He came tonight to us shepherds near Bethlehem!”

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