December 21

Luke 2:15-20

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

What do you do with the greatest news you’ve ever received? You share it! There in the field they heard the word of the Lord, proclaiming the arrival of the Messiah. And there in the manger they laid eyes upon Jesus, the one who would make everything right, and the one who would save them, the one who would reign for eternity. How could they keep quiet about what the angel had told them?

And that was only the beginning. This news would spread far and wide. It wasn’t just information or knowledge; this was the life-altering, earth-shattering, world-redeeming Gospel. So the shepherds couldn’t possibly keep it to themselves. The glory and praise they gave God did not end that night. Their families would know, their friends, neighbors, even strangers would have to hear this incredible news.

After all, with news like this, nothing would ever be the same again.

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the newborn king.

- Angels We Have Heard on High