"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." (NIV) Luke 2: 17-18
Getting great news first is a pretty special thing. The first to learn of a couple's engagement, the first to learn of a new job, the first to learn of a special accomplishment, the first to learn of a newborn's birth. Being the first to find out information makes us feel as if we are a part of the news and that the person who is receiving the joy wants us to know first.
Today, our people of focus in the Christms birth are the shepherds. The evening of Jesus' birth, the first to be told of this miracle were the shepherds. Lowly, humble shepherds were the first to receive the news of Jesus' birth. Angels came down from heaven to share this incredible information. The shepherds headed off to the manger scene to find exactly what the angels had told them. Talk about feeling special!! Angels and Jesus all in one night!
Be certain, God could have chosen the angels to go to anyone. He could have had the angels go to kings and authorities of the day. He could have had the angels go to wealthy people of the day. He chose humble shepherds to begin telling the story of Jesus' birth to others. God chose people who were honest and hard working, taking care of the creatures he created. It is such a wonderful foretelling of Christ. His birth is told to shepherds as Jesus would become a shepherd to men around the world.
There have been times in my life, even recently, when I question if I am knowledgeable enough to tell others about Jesus. Do I know enough about my Bible? Do I have the right words? Do I understand the word of God the way He intended? Do I . . . . ? Then I read the story of Jesus' birth and realize that he CHOSE the humbleness of the shepherds to begin sharing the greatest news of all! What do we, I, need to do? Humble ourselves before our Lord. Ask Him to use us as HE sees fit. Ask Him to give us the words that we need. Ask Him for guidance to explore His word and gain all the truth we need. Ask Him - He will always deliver.
Yet, as the shepherds, it's not just getting the information that is important. We need to tell others. The shepherds did this long ago, and we are instructed to do this today. Tell people how important Jesus is in our lives. Tell people that you will pray for them. Tell people how much Jesus loves them that He gave His own life for them. We, like the shepherds, need to tell others of the glory of Jesus, the King of Kings who came for us, for you, for me. May our joy be shared with everyone we meet - along with the reason for our joy - JESUS!!
"Dearest Jesus, help us to tell the good news of your coming to our world, just as you helped the shepherds tell the good news so long ago. May our love and joy for you in our lives easily be told to those around us. If we ever feel we are not the right person for the job, may we come to you for the blessed assurance that we are your children and have been given this good news to share with others."