“After seeing Him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this Child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished.” Luke 2:17-18 (NLT)
What do you like to do when you hear really good news? If you’re like me, you want to share it with your family and friends. Everyone loves good news! The news that the shepherds heard was good news of great joy for all people! After personally seeing Christ in the manger, they were compelled to tell everyone what had happened! Look at the progression in their story:
First, they received the message of Christ’s birth and where to find Him.
“The angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12 (NLT)
Second, they went to see if it was true. “When the angels had returned to Heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “‘Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.” (Vs. 15-16)
Third, they couldn’t keep the news to themselves! “After seeing Him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this Child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished.” (Vs. 17-18)
Once you’ve received the gift of Christmas, you can’t help but share the good news! Be like those shepherds, and share the gift of Christmas with others. Invite them to your church’s Christmas services. We’re kicking off the first of thirty Christmas Eve Services at Woodlands Church beginning this Saturday night! If you’re in the Houston area, we would love to have you join us! We’re calling it The Creator’s Christmas, and it’s filled with heart-grabbing moments that will point us all to the power of Christmas.