Today's Reading: Luke 2:15-18 (NIV)
It was a setting worthy of a great announcement. Angels appeared—surrounded by glorious light—to shepherds watching their flocks at night. The dramatic scene occurred just outside of Bethlehem. It produced fear, glory, and ultimately, joy. There was incredible news: The Savior had been born in the town of David. Peace and favor had come to God’s people. The shepherds’ natural reaction was to go see the Savior for themselves. They wanted to behold the baby lying in the manger. They wanted to see the Messiah with their own eyes and verify what the angel had told them. So they hurriedly left their fields and flocks and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the manger. It was just as they had been told. And it was amazing. The shepherds could not keep this news to themselves. When they had seen Him, they spread the word about Him. They shared the news with others and all who heard it were amazed as well.
Amazing news tends to travel fast. Our family has a group text where we share good news, prayer requests, and quite a bit of nonsense. When something good happens or something important is achieved, we put it in the text for all to hear. We love to celebrate good news for one another. When a blessing comes our way, we cannot wait to share with the fam. It is so enjoyable to experience the goodness of God together.
We all love to say, “Can you believe this happened?” The shepherds were no different, but their news was a little more dramatic than a passed exam or the catch of the day. They had witnessed the majesty of the Messiah and they could not wait to share the news with others.
It is interesting; there is a very similar scene at the very end of the story of the earthly ministry of Jesus. It can be found in the last chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. There was an angelic announcement to fearful characters, followed by seeing and telling. This time the location was a burial garden just outside of Jerusalem, but the story was the same… news about Jesus that was so powerful that it had to be shared.
Matthew 28:5-8 (NIV)
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
This Christmas I want to encourage you to see the Savior. Behold the majesty of the babe born in a manger – the one who came to save us from our sin. But this isn’t something to keep to ourselves, is it? It is news that is so amazing, we are compelled to share it. Come see, go tell.