Immanuel is born. The infinite has come to dwell among the finite. The Lord of creation chose to enter this world quietly amid an unquiet scene. And as if to set the tone for the entire life and message of his Son, God brought a delegation of lowly shepherds to be the first to see, to worship, and to celebrate. God invited simple people to take the low road, and soon, royalty to take the high road to see the one and only King of kings. And now, "A King for All Nations".
As the shepherds left the stable that night, as the Bible tells us, they told everyone in their path of the things that had happened to them. Their lives would never again be the same. The sky would never seem so dark. They would know that just as they kept watch over their sheep by night, someone far greater was keeping watch over them.
There is something joyful found in the angel's announcement that night, something hopeful and peaceful in the picture of these poor shepherds gathered in the presence of the newborn King. And speaking of kings, our story's not over. Something wonderful is about to take place. The newborn King has the attention of royalty from worlds far, far away.