|Today’s Scripture: And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. Luke 2:17|
|The shepherds arrived and saw Mary, Joseph, and the baby just as the angels had said. (Luke 2:16) After they saw Him, we are told that the shepherds went and told all those around about the baby born in Bethlehem. Everyone that heard was amazed at the story of the angels that the shepherds told. Here was a group of shepherds that from the moment they found Jesus, they were sharing Him with everyone they could.
Even on that first Christmas when Christ came to Earth, once the shepherds knew that the Savior was born, they were sharing the good news with everyone they could. Yet, now that we know the whole story and have accepted Christ’s payment for our sins, so many Christians are unwilling to share Him with the world. The shepherds didn’t just go back to their fields and tell the people they came across, they went out of their way to tell people. It says “they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.”
Our duty is to share the good news with those around us. Without the Savior, this world is destined for eternity without God. Christ commanded as much of us when He ascended into Heaven. He said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) We have a commandment to go and preach. Yet, too often we are afraid of what others will think of us, what others will say to us, or the rejection we might face because of it.
We forget that we have “good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” (Luke 2:10) We need to go, and like the shepherds, “make known abroad” the things we know “concerning this child.” People need to know why we celebrate Christmas. People need to know why He came–Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. (1 Timothy1:15) We mustn’t hide that the Savior was born; we need to share it with all.
You may not think you know enough to tell someone, but if you have accepted Christ payment for your sins, you do. It’s as easy as eight words-Christ died for our sins and rose again. God sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the sin debt we could do nothing about. If we believe in him, we will have everlasting life. The shepherds only had what the angels told them. We have the Word of God. Let’s not be afraid to tell the world the true meaning of Christmas.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.