“It’s the day after… now what?”
“Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds… Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.” Luke 2:17-18, 20
It’s the day after Christmas… now what?
In the Gospel of Luke we find that the shepherds weren’t only the 1st to hear - but the 1st to tell!
I guess they were told to…
“Go, tell it on the mountain - over the hills & well, everywhere! – Go, tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is Born!”
Their message was much like that of the apostles after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into Heaven, where they proclaimed in Acts 4:20…
“…we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard”
I never tire of talking about the simplicity of the gospel because I have discovered it is constantly being challenged - by others outside faith in Christ and by my own doubts and fear. Perhaps, even subconsciously, we can find ourselves saying, “It can’t be that simple. Surely I am supposed to do something, to prove something.”
But such is not the case.
“It is finished” - Jesus declared on the cross.
Therefore, all that remains for us to do is to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength in response to the goodness, grace and lovingkindness He pours upon us.
That’s good news!
Many celebrated Christmas this year. How many really understood the why behind the celebration? The parties are over and the gifts are open, and many will be sad that the celebration is over, but the celebration alone will never completely fill a person’s heart. Only the true gift of Christmas, the one they named Jesus, can fill the void in a heart that often dwells at the end of a Christmas celebration.
We need the reminder - that simple reminder that Christ came to die for you and me.
After the dust settles from the hustle and rush of buying, wrapping, opening gifts, stuffing ourselves with holiday treats and enjoying the company of friends and family is over, perhaps you and I should pause and really reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
A Savior has been born…He is Christ the Lord! That Savior grew, lived a sinless life, died on a cross, rose again, and now intercedes between God and man on behalf of those who believe. He wants those who are weary and heavy-burdened to come to Him. He wants to bless our lives with true peace.
Are we like the shepherds, who heard, believed, and preached the Christmas Gospel?
The shepherd’s story is a good illustration of the Christian life. You first hear the revelation of the gospel and believe it. Then you pursue and embrace Christ. And having become a witness to your glorious conversion, you begin to tell others about it.
May we be like the shepherds - proclaiming the good news that the Savior of the world has been born and He is coming back again.
“Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.”