“As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child.” Luke 2:15-18
Remember a time when you were surprised. Maybe it was when you received a gift you never thought you would get or someone unexpected came to visit you. The shepherds were very surprised by the unexpected visit from the angels. They were also surprised at the news of a Savior. They had to see for themselves.
The shepherds must have been filled with awe and wonder when they saw Jesus. They were the very first visitors. Between soft cries and peaceful sleep, Jesus, the Savior of the world, was lying in a manger. As if the world paused for a slight moment, their beating hearts must have grown still as they stood in the presence of God. Everyone was peering into a manager where light finally broke through the darkness. God’s great love lingered on every breath Jesus breathed. The shepherds, overcome by this experience, told everyone about it. The first Christmas changed history. When you think about the first Christmas, how has Jesus impacted you? Although Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth, it reminds us of a cross 33 years later, God’s great love, and our need of a Savior. Sin and death would no longer have the final word. Jesus, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life and sacrificed his life for you and me. There is no better way to celebrate his birth than by surrendering your life to Jesus. By believing in Jesus, may you truly see Christ in Christmas this year.