“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.’ And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 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 2:15-18
I am not sure who “Haste” is, but he went with the shepherds to find Jesus. As soon as the angels delivered the news to these guys, they went with Haste to find this “sign.” Luke tells us that, with Haste, they found the baby and His parents in a manger. This prompts a question in my mind: How in the world did they find Jesus? This was in the middle of the night outside in an old, run down stable. No one – including the Innkeeper – had a clue that God had been born. How did the shepherds find Him?
(By the way, I am kidding about the whole “Haste” thing. I know it means they went with a sense of urgency. . . just trying to get a little Christmas “ha ha.”)
No Google maps.
No telephone, cell phone, email, news updates, location alerts, or “Find My iPhone” apps.
The Bible says they went “with haste” and found precisely what the angels said they would. How did they locate Him?
Well, ultimately – we just don’t know.
We know the angels came and told them the news (the Bible says so).
We know they found Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus (the Bible says so).
We know they went quickly and urgently (with haste) to find the “sign” (again, the Bible says so).
What we don’t know is how they finally got there. Did they ask around town? Did they wake people up in the middle of the night asking if they had seen a pregnant woman? Did they hear a baby crying? Did they hear Mary and Joseph snoring from being so tired from the journey?
We don’t know. Thus, we cannot say for sure (because the Bible doesn’t say so).
But I think it is possible to at least say this: When you go looking, with haste, for Jesus – you WILL find Him. Jesus doesn’t deceptively play “hide and go seek.” In fact, He oftentimes seeks and finds us! No doubt, in this story, God the Father is heavily pursuing the shepherds.
I think it is safe to say that when God has prompted something in your heart and life that leads you to Jesus – and you go “with haste” to see and know Him, it is impossible NOT to find Him.
I don’t know who this guy Haste was, but let’s seek Jesus with urgency – committing ourselves to making known to others what God has revealed to us.