What If the Shepherds Didn’t Go?

Christmas 2013 is past. We’re on the way to 2014.

Gifts were opened. Food was eaten. Carols were sung.

We heard the part of the Christmas story that told us a multitude of Heavenly Hosts filled the sky that night. The angels scared the poor shepherds with their appearance. I’d be frightened too, if an army of angels suddenly appeared in the sky. Wouldn’t you?

The angel told the shepherds the news he shared was great. He said it would bring great joy to everyone. The angels made their announcement of the Savior’s birth, praised God, and told the shepherds to go see what had happened. We remember the shepherds left their flock of sheep, their livelihood, and went to Bethlehem. The City of David.

The shepherds went and found the baby in the manger.

They did not form a committee to figure out the best way to get to Jesus. They did not ponder what they should say when they found the baby. They didn’t vote to see who got to lead the way. They simple got up and went.

The shepherds left their sheep and went QUICKLY into Bethlehem. Once they found the newborn baby, they told Mary and Joseph what the angels said to them in the field. Today your Savior was born…He is Christ, the Lord.

But what if the shepherds didn’t go?  What if the shepherds didn’t leave the security of their fields?  What if they didn’t walk however-many-miles into Bethlehem?

What if they didn’t search for Jesus? Would their lives have been changed, or would they have been content to let the day of Christ’s birth pass by without notice?

Like the shepherds, we have been given a glorious message. Unlike the shepherds, we live this side of the cross. We know what it cost God to send his son Jesus into our world to save us from our sins. The baby in the manger became the Savior on the cross.

As we reflect on the Christmas we just celebrated, we too, must seek the Messiah. We must go quickly and tell others the Good News of a Savior who came to seek and to save everyone who is lost.

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When the angels went away from them back into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in the manger. When the shepherds saw him, they told them what the angel had said about the child. All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said. Luke 2:15-18

I wish you well.


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