The Christmas Chapter, Pt. 12

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.  And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.  And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning the child.

Luke 2:15-17

As we come to end of the “Christmas story” part of Luke 2, we come to the verses detailing what the shepherds did after going to worship the newborn King.  Verse 17 tells us that they “made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning the child.”  After being told of Jesus, finding Him and worshipping Him, they understood that they had a responsibility: a responsibility to tell others what they had seen.

We have that same responsibility, and nowhere should we see that more than at Christmas.  Around this time of year, even the godless world celebrates.  Of course, they have no idea what they are actually celebrating, but they celebrate nonetheless.  We know why we celebrate Christmas.  We are in a unique position to tell others about the true reason for Christmas.  We have seen the glory of the Lord.  We have experienced the salvation of the Lord.  We have worshipped the Saviour.  But there are others who have not.

The shepherds took the news they received and spread it abroad.  We should take the good news that we have received and spread it abroad.  There is a lost and dying world all around us that desperately needs the knowledge of the Saviour that we have.  After we celebrate Christmas in our own hearts, let us make sure that we share Jesus Christ with others, just as the shepherds did so very long ago.

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