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. Hallelujah!