The Christmas Story is found in 2 of the 4 Gospels but requiring both to show our modern-day Nativity Scene representing the first people to witness the Savior of the World. (By the way there is no way that’s what it actually looked like… but not the point of this post.)
In Matthew we learn of the Wise Men/Magi- pointing to Jesus’ royalty. In Luke we learn of the Shepherds- also pointing to a role Jesus would play… moreover showing us who Jesus came for- YOU… all of you… The rich and the poor.
But let’s take a closer look at those shepherds. Lowly, humble, servants, doing their jobs out in the field, caring for their sheep when angels appeared telling them the GOOD NEWS, that a Savior had been born.
They HEARD the Good News.
Then they RESPONDED. “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
But it doesn’t end there. They went. Actually, the Bible says they HURRIED. And they found it to be just as the angel had said.
So, what did they do?
They returned glorifying and praising God… ”They spread the word concerning what had been told about this child.”
They didn’t keep the GOOD NEWS to themselves! They evangelized. They witnessed.
That’s what we are called to do too.
Hear the GOOD NEWS.
Respond to the GOOD NEWS.
Share the GOOD NEWS.
This Christmas let’s be like those shepherds.