Thursday, December 26th, 2019
Have you ever considered that to someone who knows nothing of Jesus, no preconceived notions, when they hear of Him — it is much like the shepherds in the fields? How glorious it must have been, out of nowhere, to learn that there is a savior! For most of us, though, we all know of Jesus and either believe in him, or due to preconceived notions, do not believe in him as the Christ. But the shepherds and those who know of Jesus but do not have faith in him have one important distinction: the shepherds sought him out. The shepherds left their fields and immediately went to see this Savior they were told about. Naturally, they found that what they had been told was true and reacted by spreading the words far and wide that a Savior had been born unto them and praising God for His greatness. What if everyone who had heard of Jesus took the same steps as the shepherds and actually sought him for themselves? We know exactly what would happen — just as the shepherds, they would find Jesus, spread his name far and wide, and praise God for His greatness. Today, if you are having doubts as to who Jesus is, take a shepherd’s point of view and go see for yourself. When sought earnestly, Jesus will never disappoint.
"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” — Luke 2:8-20 NIV