The words of the familiar, old Christmas Carole ring out to us.
O Come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him, born the King of Angels
There is a call from heaven to behold the King. In Luke chapter to we see the story that inspired this song. The shepherds working in the field had their lives interrupted by and unusual sight, an angel!
I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.
The Messiah’s been born. He’s right in Bethlehem! Go see Him! In verse 15 we see the first response:
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Let’s go to the house where the Lord dwells and see what the Lord has done and what He has told us about.
Our response is the same today.
1. Go to Church.
First, we must go and see what the Lord has done and said in His house. Christmas is the best time to go to church. If you’re a believer, get there! Go somewhere. Next the shepherds had a reaction after seeing the Savior in verses 16-18.
They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing Him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished.
2. Tell Everyone What You Have Seen and Heard.
After seeing Him, they went and told everyone what had happened and what was said. If we have seen the Lord, we must do the same. Look at verse 20.
The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
3. Return to Where You Came From.
The shepherds went back to their fields and their flocks. They went back to work, school, family and friends. Your “field” is where God has planted you for your everyday life. After you’ve met Jesus, go back to your field and introduce other to Him.
Don’t come to church alone this Christmas. Bring a friend, classmate, relative, neighbor or coworker.