The Shepherds

Angels told the shepherds about the birth of the Messiah.

Before You Listen

After you listen

Memory Verse

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” (NIV)

Audio Icon   Luke 2:17-18



Do you ever find yourself feeling like you’re not very special? Well, the shepherds probably felt pretty “ordinary;” and they probably didn’t feel too special. They weren’t the most important or most popular. They didn’t wear fancy clothes or have extravagant houses. They weren’t the wisest in the town or the most attractive. Their job was to live in the fields and take care of smelly sheep! But God chose them to hear the good news of the Savior. Why? Because to God, they were special. They were the special people to hear the good news and share it. When the shepherds saw Jesus, they couldn’t wait to tell everyone about it! After all, the love of Jesus is for everyone.

You can read the full story of the shepherds in Luke 2:8-20. Want to dig deeper and learn more about other people who worshiped God and shared his love when they met Jesus? Check out John 1:40-41, Luke 5:25-26, and John 4:39-42.


The story of Jesus’ birth is worth sharing, so why not put on a play? With your family, perform a short play about the shepherds meeting baby Jesus. Use popsicle sticks, paper bags, or other creative supplies to make puppets and act it out. Spread the news by inviting your neighbors to watch the play, or record it and send it to your friends!