“Then an angel of the Lord stood before them [the shepherds], and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel of the Lord said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:9-11
Christmas is coming up soon and, though I don’t actually believe that Jesus was born in December, I still like to focus on Jesus and His love during this season of giving and joy.
The story of Jesus’ birth has many surprising twists.
A young girl becomes pregnant and causes quite a stir. A Baby is born in a stable, where the animals were kept. An angel appears to a group of shepherds with good news. And a king seeks out Jesus in order to kill Him.
Each of these elements make up the amazing story of how Jesus came into this world. Though there are lessons and morals to learn all throughout the story, I’m particularly fascinated with the one that the ordinary shepherds teach us.
The shepherds, after seeing the angel, immediately hurried to the place where Jesus had been born.
Luke 2:17-18 says, “After seeing them [Joseph, Mary, and Jesus], they reported the message they were told about this Child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.”
This verse is the center point of what we can learn from the shepherds.
Not only did they listen to the angel, see Jesus, and believe, they chose to share it with others.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
It is our calling, as Christians, to share the hope of Jesus with others. We hear the word “witness”, but do we actually make time in our daily routine to just tell someone about Jesus?
I’ve read the story of Jesus’ birth countless times, but I seemed to have skimmed over the simple, yet incredibly valuable lesson of the shepherds.
An angel doesn’t have to appear to us in order for us to learn about Jesus. The entire Bible points to Him and His plan of redemption.
When we have a relationship with Christ and grow through His Word, we will become even more eager to share the good news with others!
This Christmas, make time to tell someone about the hope you have in Christ and remember what a group of ordinary shepherds taught us about sharing Jesus.
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