The REAL Christmas Characters: The Shepherds
The Infancy Narratives in the gospels of Mathew and Luke are filled with rich symbolism. The Evangelists were Christians of the first century whose lives were dramatically changed after the death and resurrection of Jesus. It was their deep faith in Jesus and their concrete experience of the Christian community that informed the theology that permeates the Christmas story.
Remember when Jesus said “the last will be first?” He might have been talking about people like the Shepherds in Luke’s infancy narrative. They were not the most highly respected folks in society. But they were at the top of Luke’s