Why did God chose shepherds to hear this message?
God saw the shepherds as a group who would be honest messengers. The angels’ message to them was, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10). In their time, shepherds were known as people who were honest and straightforward.
Who proclaimed Jesus birth to the shepherd?
The angel explains that he has a message of good news for all people, namely that “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
How did they find baby Jesus?
According to the Gospel of Matthew, the men found the divine child in Bethlehem by following the North Star across the desert. According to later writings, the Kings (Melchior from Europe, Caspar from Arabia, and Balthazar from Africa) arrived twelve days after Jesus’ birth.
What angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds?
An Angel Announces the Coming Birth of Jesus – Luke 1:26-38 (King James Version) And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
What is the significance of the shepherds in the Christmas story?
He used the term shepherd to describe the leaders of his people in both the Old and New Testaments and even used the word to describe himself. The book of Isaiah says, “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”
Are the shepherds and magi the same?
In fact, there’s almost no overlap in the two Gospel accounts. Only Matthew tells of the Magi, or wise men, following a star; but it doesn’t say there are three of them, and they likely arrived quite some time after the birth. Only Luke mentions a feeding trough, or manger, shepherds and a chorus of angels.
When Did Jesus realize he was the son of God?
In Acts 9:20, after the Conversion of Paul the Apostle, and following his recovery, “straightway in the synagogues he proclaimed Jesus, that he is the Son of God.”
How old was Mary when Jesus was born?
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However, now we believe that Mary and Joseph were both in their teens when Jesus was born, around sixteen and eighteen respectively. This was the norm for Jewish newlyweds at that time.
Did the angels sing to the shepherds?
After the angel told the shepherds about the birth of Jesus, the angel was joined by an army of angels, and they sang praises to God saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”