When the shepherds in the Christmas story, who are the common you and me in the story, heard about Jesus they came to see him. When they saw him, they responded further. They spread the news about what they had heard and seen. They spread the good news…
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Okay shepherds, are you ready? Why are you calling me a shepherd? Remember now? When the shepherds heard about Jesus’ birth from the angel, they decided to go and see the baby lying in the manger. They responded to the story of Jesus’ birth with inquiry and a sense of wonder. Do you have that sense of wonder when it comes to Christmas?
Will you visit the manger tonight to see the baby Jesus and gather to adore him?
When the shepherds in the Christmas story, who are the common you and me in the story, heard about Jesus they came to see him. When they saw him, they responded further. They spread the news about what they had heard and seen. They spread the good news.
Are you a spreader of the good news? Are you inviting others to experience the awe and wonder of the miracle of Christmas? That’s what shepherds do. They share the news of Christmas with others – the good news that will bring great joy for all people.
And then the shepherds do something that is the icing on the Christmas cake. After they share the good news of the birth of Jesus, they praise and glorify God in worship. God blessed the world by sending his son to be our saviour. The shepherds praise and worship God because everything they were told by the angel came true. God fulfilled his promises in Jesus Christ.
O come let us adore him!