God sure knows how to shake things up. In announcing the birth of the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ, God choose shepherds to hear the “god news of great joy.” Back then, because of the dirty work they did, shepherds were considered to be spiritually unclean. Yet these men gave up luxuries, riches, and status, to tend their flocks. They lived, slept, and met every need of their sheep. Jesus is our good Shepherd (John 10:11). He too gave up the glorious riches, comforts, and majesty of heaven to come to this earth and give everything for His flock.