“And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” Luke 2:20
Oh how we need to learn from these shepherds!!!
Consider two observations:
First, they were giddy with excitement. . . though NONE of their physical and material circumstances had changed. They returned, having seen Jesus, and still had the same job. They still had the same deplorable reputation in society. They still had the same marriage problems. They still had the same financial situation. Nothing. . . absolutely nothing had changed about their lifestyle and status in society. Nothing.
Yet they were full of excitement. Luke tells us they “returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.” If this were written about many of us, it would be because we just got a new car or a raise or a nice new something. Not that it’s wrong to rejoice and praise the Lord when these things do happen. But it does force us to ask this question: Are we giddy with excitement because of who Jesus is for us EVEN WHEN OUR CIRCUMSTANCES STINK? The shepherds got it right. They knew they were children of Almighty God. They were informed of this glorious news . . . this “good news of a great joy.” Life changed for them – not because their physical and material circumstances changed – but because they were now able to enjoy and worship and walk with God as His own children! The shepherds can teach us where true and everlasting joy is found: in God.
Second, no one had to teach them how to share this good news. They didn’t need to be trained. They didn’t need to be pushed or encouraged or challenged to go home and “share the Gospel.” The news was too good, and had affected them too deeply NOT to share! Luke says they returned “glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” How would Luke know this unless they went back telling everyone they knew what had happened and why they were so excited?
We’re the same way, aren’t we?
– Ever get all A’s on your report card? What do you want to do?
– Ever get engaged? What do you want to do?
– Ever give birth to a child? What do you want to do?
– Ever hit a home run? What do you want to do?
YOU WANT TO TELL PEOPLE THE GOOD NEWS!
Friends, let’s not make evangelism harder than it is. In fact, let’s remember what it is: sharing the good news of a great joy that has drastically impacted our lives. If hearing it and embracing it like the shepherds has happened to us, it won’t be hard. . . at all.
Christmas really is about good news of a great joy that is for all people.
Oh come let us adore Him.