12/25/13: Go Tell It
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. Luke 2:8-18 (NKJ)
This passage details two communications about Jesus: that of the angels and that of the shepherds. First, an angel of the Lord tells the “good tidings of great joy” that the Savior, Christ the Lord, is born. Then “a multitude of the heavenly host” chime in praising God and giving Him glory for this event.
The second communication comes from the shepherds. After they heard from the angels and found the Christ child, they couldn’t keep the news to themselves. They told everyone they saw about what they had seen. But more than that, they actually tried to convince people – anyone with whom they came in contact – of the message the angels told them because they had seen for themselves that “there [was] born [that] day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Like the angels and the shepherds, be excited to tell everyone you see that Christmas is about celebrating the coming of Jesus, the Savior. And since He’s the Savior, the additional good news is that He has done what His name says—He has provided salvation that is still effectual for the one to whom you are speaking.
So, saying “Merry Christmas” is to say “Jesus, the Savior, is available to save you. Go tell it!
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