The shepherd’s life was ironic. Their job was to care for the animals that would be sacrificed to atone for the sins of the people. Yet because of their handling of these dirty creatures, they themselves were unclean and thus prevented from keeping the ceremonial law. And because they were ceremonially unclean, they were often regarded as untrustworthy, irreligious, and poor in reputation.
Because poverty is relative. Could it be that from the perspective of heaven, the poor shepherds outside Bethlehem were no more or less poor than the rest of the world sleeping under its watch? …could it be that the Savior’s coming was for them as much as it was for anyone, and for anyone as much as it was for them?
When they found Jesus in the manger as the angel said, the very location of his birth was drenched in significance. The Savior had been born into their unclean world in the same manner as a lamb. The symbolism was not lost on them.
Jesus was born poor. He lived poor. And he died poor for the sake of his people.
Excerpt taken from Behold, the Lamb of God by Russ Ramsey. (Pg. 156,159, &160)