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Rejoice with the Shepherds

by Julia M. Bruce, MSPC, Mental Health Coach,
Keynote Speaker, CEO, Wellspring Christian Ministries

Week 3 of Advent: Rejoice

Let’s Go See!

As soon as the angels left, the shepherds didn’t sit around debating about what had happened. They looked at each other and excitedly said, “Let go see this thing that’s happened!” It wasn’t enough to just hear the good news – they wanted to see it with their own eyes. The wanted to experience the reason the angels rejoiced. In fact, they were so excited to see the baby that the Bible says they “made haste.” They didn’t dawdle – they took off running because if what the angels said were true, the Messiah had come. If the Messiah had come, then they too had reason to rejoice.

We find their reaction to the angels’ news in Luke 2:15-17:

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.

The Shepherds found Mary, Joseph and the Baby

Sure enough! Just as the angels had said, there was the sleeping baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. Everything the angels had said was true. The excitement of the angels was contagious and now the shepherds are as excited as the angels were. The shepherds now had reason to rejoice. However, they didn’t rejoice by breaking out in song – they did what everyone of us ought to do.

The Shepherds rejoice and share the Good News

When you have good news of great joy, you don’t keep it to yourself. You want to tell everyone you see and that’s just what the shepherds did. The Bible says, “they made known.” In other words, they told others about Jesus. And that is what we should do – tell others about Jesus so they can experience Him for themselves. As a result, every person the shepherds told wondered about their news. The shepherds introduced the people to the Savior of the world, but each person must decide for themselves what they will do – will they just wonder about Him or will they go with haste to see for themselves this Jesus who is Christ the Lord? However, they will not know, if we do not tell.

The reality of having an encounter with Jesus should be the same as the Shepherds. Being the Jesus’ presence should cause us to rejoice and want everyone to know about Him. We should rejoice with so much joy, that we just can’t contain it. It should spill over into everything we do and splash onto everyone we meet.

This Christmas, we will tell someone about Jesus and why He came to earth? Will you rejoice exceedingly with great joy so that it can’t be contained?

Rejoice! The Messiah, Jesus, the Christ, the Savior of the world, the Lord has come. Joy to the world!

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