They carefully crept into the stable, so as not to wake the baby, and as they entered the stable each one gasped a little. "Here he is, this child will save us!" whispered one of the herdboys at the back of the group to another. A feeling of awe and amazement came over them, and they quietly but excitedly went over to the proud father and shook his hand, and then gave the young mother a hug.
It was a breathtaking moment, right there in the stables. This little baby, born to a poor carpenter and his young wife, would fulfill all the prophecies of countless generations and prophets. The nation had been waiting for this moment for more than 600 years.
As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. "Let's get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us." They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
Luke 2:15-18 (The Message)
May the Lord bless you this Christmas, and remind you of what Christmas is really all about.