The Story of the Shepherds

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What an amazing event the angel’s appearance to the shepherds is! Imagine their surprise and wonder at a glorious shining bright angel appearing where a moment before there had been only darkness!

The Story

Read or tell the story from the gospel of Luke 2:8-16.

The Jesus Is Born Video tells this story directly from the Word of God, illustrating it with felt figures.

Ideas for discussion:

  1. Why were the shepherds the first people to hear the wonderful news about the Lord’s birth? (The shepherds were protecting their sheep from wild animals and other dangers. This symbolizes protecting what is good. The shepherds picture true innocence—a willingness to be led by the Lord.)
  2. What did the angel tell the shepherds? (That the baby Lord was born, and they could find Him lying in a manger, wrapped in swaddling cloths.)
  3. The angel was joined by a host of angels praising the Lord. What did they say? (“Glory to God in the highest! And on earth peace, good will toward men!” Luke 2:14)
  4. What did the shepherds do when they heard what the angel said? (They hurried to see the baby Lord. Then they told other people what they had seen and heard.)
  5. How can we celebrate the Lord’s birth in ways that open our eyes to the wonder of His coming?

Read more about the story of the shepherds:

Projects and activities for various ages:

Coloring pages illustrating this story:


As the shepherds hurried to see the newborn King, let us celebrate the Lord’s coming with a renewed willingness to be led by Him. 

“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 of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). 

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