Read Luke 2:17-20. TEXT: 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 (Luke 2:17-18).
The shepherds are so filled with joy and wonder they can't keep the good news to themselves. They spread the angel's glorious word about the Savior who had been born for them in Bethlehem. And that news works in the hearts of all who hear, making them wonder about the Baby whose birth had been announced by angels.
Having read through Luke's account this past month, we too are among those to whom the shepherds made known the angel's saying. Do you find it difficult to work up the courage to share it with others? If so, maybe you haven't looked closely enough into the face of the Christ Child. Maybe you were so preoccupied with preparations for Christmas you didn't let the true wonder and majesty of our Savior's birth have its place in your heart.
But now the hectic preparations are over. Now is the time to visit that manger again, to sit and gaze into the infant face of your Lord and Savior. Now is the time to consider His willingness to leave the glories of heaven to share the life we know in this world. Ponder that a few minutes and you might find that same desire to share the good news, which the shepherds couldn't keep to themselves.
THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I am overwhelmed by Your unbounded love, which moved You to share our earthly life, to take upon Yourself my sufferings and pain, even to carry my sins away and pay their full, dreadful price on the cross. Fill my heart with such peace, joy and love that I can't keep it all to myself. Amen.
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