Reflection: Characters of Christmas: Shepherds
From its birth the Christian faith has been an evangelical religion. It cannot keep its good news to itself. Perhaps we wonder, why there aren’t more explicit commands in the New Testament for Christians to tell others about Jesus? The answer is found in the glory of the gospel itself. Once you meet Jesus, you’ll want to tell others about the One who is Saviour, Christ, and Lord (Luke 2:11).
This was the experience of the shepherds. These men, amongst the lowest in the Jewish social structure, heard from the angels the joyful testimony about the birth of the long-awaited King. Immediately, they raced off to Bethlehem and found Jesus in a manger, just as the angels had said. Then, “they spread the word”. No-one told them to. But, like many others in the Gospels, they couldn’t help themselves. Implicitly, Luke is encouraging us to do the same. Witness springs from wonder. When the good news of our salvation has gripped us, we’ll want to speak. Sadly, if the wonder fades so does the witness. My prayer for us all is that this Christmas will be truly wonder-full.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you that into a world of sin and sorrow you graciously sent our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ. Fill me again with the wonder of this gift that I might tell others about the only name by which all men and women might be saved. Amen.