Sunday Scriptures — Go and Tell

Isaiah 40When they (shepherds) had seen him, (Jesus) they told what the angels had said about this child. Everyone was amazed at what the shepherds said to them. Luke 2:17-18

The angels told the shepherds the promised Messiah had been born. They told where to find the child and his parents. They gave specific instructions, as to how the shepherds would know it was really the Christ Child when they found Jesus.

The shepherds left their flocks immediately, and went to find the child of the prophesy. They didn’t lollygag. They didn’t put it off until a more convenient time. Nope. They got up and went.

The shepherds went. They found. They worshiped. They shared.

The shepherds didn’t keep the Good News to themselves. When they had seen the baby, they told everyone what the angels had said about the child.

God didn’t send his angels to the learned people of the day. He sent his angels to the humble, hard-working, sheep-odored shepherds. He entrusted them with spreading the news of the miraculous event that had just taken place. And God wasn’t disappointed. The shepherds did as they were asked.

What about us?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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What If the Shepherds Didn’t Go?

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

Gifts have been opened. Food has been eaten. Carols have been sung.

We have 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 had said to them in the field. Today your Savior was born…He is Christ, the Lord. Then the shepherds returned to their sheep, praised, and thanked God.

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 have 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.

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.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Glory to God in the Highest

Isaiah 40That night, some shepherds were in the fields nearby watching their sheep. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them. The glory of the Lord was shining around them, and they became very frightened. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all the people. Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord. This is how you will know him: You will find a baby wrapped in pieces of cloth and lying in a feeding box.” Then a very large group of angels from heaven joined the first angel, praising God and saying: “Give glory to God in heaven, and on earth let there be peace among the people who please God.” Luke 2:8-14

Which would have been better? To be one of the angels announcing Jesus’ birth, or to be one of the shepherds hearing the announcement? Either way, I think it would have been an amazing privilege.

Think about times when you have been the bearer of glad tidings…good news…exciting information. Think also about when you have been the recipient of such wonderful news. Pretty fortunate, no matter which end of the conversation you are on.

I truly cannot fathom how either of these groups of beings felt at the revelation that Jesus. Messiah. Savior. Redeemer. King. God’s only son, was born.

If you think about it, those of us who claim Jesus as our LORD, are in the place of both the angels and the shepherds. We’ve been given the wonderful news, and have the privilege of telling others.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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