When was the last time you received good news? What did you do? Did you keep it to yourself or did you share it with others?
Imagine you were one of those shepherds watching over your sheep. It was a night like any other or so you thought…
Suddenly an angel appears out of nowhere and a bright light shines around you. You’re scared. You wonder what is going on. The angel assures you and the other shepherds that there is nothing to be afraid of. He has come to share good news. Then he makes the big announcement, “For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you: You will find the Baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
The Savior whom you and others have been waiting for is born. He’s in Bethlehem in a manger. While you are still trying to digest this incredible news, other angels join the first one and the air is filled with their glory as they raise their voices in a song of praise to God. What a glorious sight. You can hardly believe what you are seeing. After the angelic host leaves, you and the other shepherds are filled with excitement. You can’t wait to go and see the Child for yourselves. You are anxious to go and see what the Lord has made known to you. You hurry off to the manger where you see Mary, Joseph and the Child.
The shepherds “made widely known the word which was told them concerning this Child” and those who heard it couldn’t help but marvel but Mary kept these things in her heart and pondered over them. I can’t imagine what must have been going through her mind. First, an angel visited her and told her that she was going to have a Son who would be called Jesus and that He will be great and will be called the Son of the Highest. Then, on the night after she gives birth, shepherds show up at the manger to see Him because they too were visited by an angel. This is a lot to grasp.
The shepherds left the manger and returned to their sheep, praising and glorifying God for all the things they had heard and seen. It was a night they would never forget.
What can we learn from this wonderful story?
- After hearing about Jesus, seek Him out for yourself
- After you have seen Jesus and have been in His presence, go and tell others
- Glorify and praise God for sending His Son into the world so that through Him we can be saved
This Christmas, take time to reflect on God’s greatest Gift to mankind. Celebrate Jesus and thank Him for leaving the glory of heaven to come to earth to dwell among us. Thank Him for the gift of eternal life which we can receive only through Him. Share the message of love and hope of the season with others.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, and good will toward men – Luke 2:14