What Child is This? The Voice of the Shepherd
In 1865, an Englishman named William Chatterton Dix penned the words to a poem entitled "The Manger Throne." A few years later the first three stanzas of that poem were set to the music of an English traditional folk song called "Greensleeves" that soon became known as the beloved Christmas carol "What Child Is This?"
This carol becomes the primary question of the shepherds that first night of Jesus’ birth. Why were the shepherds the first visitors of this child? What do we know about shepherds, and what can we learn about this child through this biblical story? Can this child become a great shepherd for us?