Why the shepherds that first Christmas night?
Well, they were poor and lowly, and the Lord often chooses the weak and the insignificant to reveal himself to (cf. 1 Cor 1:26-29).
The shepherds also pictured what Jesus had come to do. Even as they tended their sheep that night, so Jesus had come to shepherd his people.
- I will appoint over them a single shepherd, My servant David, and he will shepherd them. He will tend them himself and will be their shepherd (Ezekiel 34:23 HCSB).
- He will stand and shepherd [them] in the strength of Yahweh, in the majestic name of Yahweh His God. They will live securely, for then His greatness will extend to the ends of the earth (Micah 5:4 HCSB).
- I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:11 HCSB).
- Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus—the great Shepherd of the sheep—with the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip you with all that is good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ. Glory belongs to Him forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21 HCSB)
They were humble and received the angels' announcement with wonder and joy, and they followed the angels' instructions "with haste."
They were not afraid to share the message with others, giving glory to God in the process.