Words from the Heart for Wednesday December 26th, 2018
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.”
Luke 2:15 (NIV)
See This Thing
The shepherds on the hillside believed the announcement of heaven. They were terrified by the appearance of glory but didn’t want to miss out on what the Lord was doing in their day. They were the first messengers to carry the good news of the Saviour. The Lord is looking for those who have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church today.
The Christmas that is celebrated in its various ways in contemporary Canada is very Canadian in one way – that is, it is not only the product of French, British and American traditions, but of many others as well. Christmas as we know it today was hardly celebrated at the beginning of the 19th century. However, by the beginning of the 20th century, it had become the biggest annual celebration and had begun to take on the form that we recognize today.
When something exciting, or unusual happens, it is natural for a crowd to gather. Human beings are inquisitive by nature, and while we love to hear about some great event, we would always prefer to be present. We love to tell our friends “I was there when…” So it isn’t surprising that when the shepherds heard about the birth of Jesus, they wanted to go and see. Luke 2:15 says “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.” If there is one event in the history of the world that we all wish we could have witnessed with our own eyes, it would have been to see the baby Jesus lying in that Bethlehem manger. We would have been just like the Shepherds. But the baby that was born into our world on that first Christmas is still alive, having been born into every heart that has received Him by faith. If you have had that experience, take time on this day after Christmas to invite your friends to come and see what Jesus has done in you.
These have been words from the heart.