(The shepherds said) "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us" (Luke 2:15b).
Read Luke 2:15-20.
This is about the time we started running dangerously low on Christmas cookies. I always hated getting to the bottom of the "animal cookies." I'm not sure why we called them that, since we used all kinds of different shapes: trees, bells, etc. But I would definitely leave all the others behind in my search for that one last animal cookie.
The shepherds had the same feeling about the Christ Child. After the angel army returns to heaven, the shepherds immediately talk it over and decide to leave their flocks behind in search of the Christ Child.
They go to Bethlehem and search until they find Him wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger -- just as the angel had said. How incredible was it to look down into the face of the mighty Son of God? The shepherds share the angel's words with Mary and Joseph and every person they meet. All who hear their words are amazed, but Mary stores up their words and ponders them deep inside.
What the shepherds did in one night, we spend our lifetimes doing. We learn of our Savior in the Bible. We then spend the rest of our lives looking forward to the moment when we will gaze upon His glorious face -- just like they did. Because of His life, death and resurrection, we will be able to remain in His wonderful presence forever.
THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, the shepherds left their flocks behind to find you. Give me that same excitement that I may leave everything to walk with You through life until I meet You face to face. Amen.
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