Let’s Go and See!

I wonder how it felt to be a shepherd that holy night thousands of years ago. The night an angel appeared to them as they leaned on their walking sticks, checking their sling shots, while standing in sheep doo-doo. We have to believe that when “the glory of the Lord shone around them,” things got pretty bright, right? Can’t you just see them squinting, shading their eyes, while trying to figure out what they were protecting their sheep from? Shaking like crazy in their sandals!

And then the angel’s voice…
Do not be afraid.

I love that.
Right off the bat, the angel was telling them there was nothing to fear.
Because … I mean, really. An angel talking to them from the starry sky surrounded by a bright light? That would scare anybody!
But those shepherds hung in there to hear what else that angel had to say.

I bring you good news of great joy! (Can you imagine their relief – something good was happening!)
A Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. (I’d bet my last krumkake that this news would have blown up the internet.)

After the angel appeared to the shepherds and told them about Jesus’ birth in a manger, “a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God…”

Can you imagine what those shepherds were experiencing?! Oh, my word. I wonder what song the heavenly host sang. I would have selected something from Michael W. Smith. Can’t even imagine how beautiful that music must have been.

And then …
I love the shepherds’ response …
Let’s go and see what those angels are talking about!

Their fear was replaced with curiosity and delight and excitement. Jesus was born!

That is just so cool. Can’t you just see those shepherds all talking at once about what was happening? Trying to keep their voices down so they wouldn’t upset their sheep. Wondering what to do about what they just heard. And then trying to figure out who could watch their herds while they check it all out.

It wasn’t enough to just hear the news – they wanted to find out more.
I want the wonder that the shepherds had.
The anticipation. The celebration. The worship.

Christmas invites us to know His story. It invites us to know his LOVE. The HOPE he brings. The PEACE he gives.
His story invites us to wonder … reflect … believe.

The invitation to know Jesus is addressed to you.
The invitation to know His Love … Hope … Peace … is addressed to you.

Let’s say YES to the invitation …
Let’s go and see what those angels are talking about!

You are Extraordinarily Significant!