How do we respond to the Christmas story? That’s the question we must answer today. Our response determines the joy that we experience. Now, look at the response of the shepherds. In the midst of their solitude and silence they sang the song of peace and pleasure. But they did not stop with the Christmas Carol.
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.” (Luke 2:15, ESV)
When God speaks, we must act. The shepherds broke out in a run to find the Savior who would give them forever the complete and full life showered by God’s favor. Like the shepherds, the promise of God’s movement in our lives must propel us to get to Jesus!
But do you believe what God says? That is a key question in experiencing the joy that God promises. The shepherds believed (Luke 2:16-17). They found Jesus just as the angels had reported, and they believed that this was the Savior, the Messiah, the Lord! Do you believe that Jesus is the One about whom the angels sang?
If we believe, then we must share the joy with others. The shepherds did not keep the joy of Jesus to themselves (Luke 2:17-19). When we are transformed by faith in Jesus, then we must share the joy with others. We must let others know what God has accomplished in Bethlehem. If we believe, then we must praise the Lord God! The shepherds gave honor to God for His mighty work of grace (Luke 2:20). What a fitting response for us this season!
Receive the Christmas promise today! Celebrate with the angels! Jesus Christ, the Peace Giver, has come. Weak and wounded, depressed and downtrodden, rebellious and rejected, despised and dismissed, hopeless and helpless, fearful and frightened… you come! Come with the shepherds who raced to the place of Christ’s birth. Bow before Him and discover the life we’ve always longed to have. Bow before Him and receive the gift that He alone gives. Bow before Him and share the joy of life found in Him with others. Bow before Him and give praise and honor to God!