The Lamb

To whom did God first announce the birth of His Son? He announced Christ’s birth to shepherds. It’s a beautiful story, worth reading over and over again:

  • Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city ofDavida Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
  • And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
  • So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go toBethlehemand see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
  • Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. Luke 2:8-18 (NKJ)

          Why would God announce the birth of His Son to shepherds? It’s obvious. That special announcement was made to the people who would recognize a lamb when they saw one. It is rumored that these weren’t just any shepherds; these were possibly the shepherds who guarded the temple sheep—the sheep that were used for sacrifice for the sins of the people. When the angel told them there was born “a Savior, who is Christ the Lord,” they immediately put it together through the sieve of their understanding as shepherds. Savior means deliverer, Christ means the anointed Messiah, and Lord means master and supreme in authority. Shepherds understood that sacrificial lambs stood for being delivered from sin. They represented that for which they awaited, the Messiah who would ultimately stand in supreme authority.

          The word “lamb” may not be used in this message to the shepherds, but a lamb by any other name is still a lamb. John the Baptist introduced Jesus 30 years later as the Lamb of God (see John1:29and 36), and the apostle John saw Jesus as the Lamb who had been slain but who now stood “worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals” Revelation 5:9 (NKJ). For indeed, John heard “…the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’” Revelation 5:11-12 (NKJ).

          This is the Lamb those shepherds saw that night!


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on December 25, 2011.

3 Responses to “The Lamb”

  1. Wow. I have never heard this before. The scriptures are full of beautiful layers of meaning. This one is beautiful.

  2. how do i do this

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