Encouragement for your daily walk with God
Every church that has put on numerous Christmas pageants has a story to tell. I like the one I once read about where a gifted singer said, “What Child is this who laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?” A young boy shouted out, “It’s Jesus, just tell them it’s Jesus!”
Times like that really crack me up, but the child was absolutely right. Tell everyone! That’s what the shepherds did at the first Christmas. After they were pointed to Jesus by the angels, they “made it widely known” [Luke 2.17]. Seems logical to me; how could they remain silent having witnessed such an event? A similar question is, how can we remain silent having been redeemed by Christ?
Perhaps you are like me and often feel unqualified or unworthy to share the Gospel. What keeps me on track is to remember the shepherds. They were a motley crew, the most unlikely “evangelists.” Poor, dirty, rough; considered the low-life of society in those days, yet God used them to tell the story. One could rightly say they were the first-ever Gospel preachers.
I’m glad they didn’t remain silent about what they saw when they found Jesus. It encourages me to do the same. It’s Christmas time. Let’s share the Good News — not just about the “babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger,” but also about Jesus who saved us from our sins!
So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 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. Luke 2.15-18