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Read: Luke 2:15-20 Key verse: "And when they had seen Him, they told others what the angel had said about this child." vs. 17
If you are reading this on Christmas Day you probably have already
opened your gifts, been to church, and had a big meal. It is still
Christmas but Christmas is over. After all the anticipation and
excitement of Advent and the arrival of December 24 and 25 it normal to
have a let down. Feelings come and go--our joy is not based on them.
The important thing is that we have experienced the celebration of
Christ's birth once more and we have a story to tell.
When the shepherds had heard about the birth of the Savior they said,
"Let us go straight to Bethlehem and see this child that the Lord has
told us about!" It is important to not just hear about Christ but to
meet Him as well. After their visit they went and told others about
this amazing event. When you really encounter Christ you cannot hold it
in--you want to share the good news that Son of God has come. "And all
who heard wondered about what the shepherds had said." This end of the
Christmas story is really the beginning. The rest of our life should
be spent spreading this good news. We should feel that we have to do
it, not because we are commanded to(although we are commanded to), but
because we want to share it. The gospel is too great for us not to want
others to know it!
The real end of the Christmas story is that "the shepherds went back
glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard." All that
God does for us brings Him great glory. Our lives should focus on
honoring Jesus with our praises in worship and our telling/doing the
good news in our service to others.
Of course the Christmas story really has no end. It is an eternal
truth that the eternal One entered history and changed us for Him and
forever. We can have the privilege to bring Christmas to the world
every day of the rest of our lives and then in heaven we will glorify
and praise Him into all eternity. Halleluj