As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the shepherds 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. All who heard the shepherds were impressed.
Luke 2:15-18

We often hear about the shepherds as being the first to hear the news of Jesus’ birth. We are reminded that they were on the lowest rung of their society, and that God choose them to receive the angelic message of the good news.

I love the way the shepherd's reaction to the glorious news is portrayed in the Message version. It says that they ran as fast as they could to find Mary, Joseph and the baby. They did not meander, as represented by every school and church Christmas pageant. Why did they run? Why do you run? They were brimming with excitement. They were eager, they were enthusiastic about seeing the baby born to set them free. Not only were they excited for themselves, they were eager to tell others about this child.

Excitement should be part of our Christmas experience; not the excitement over gifts, or holiday events, or special foods. Our excitement should be in seeing Jesus afresh and anew this Christmas. We should be so excited that we run toward Him. We should be eager to tell others the good news of the baby laid in a manger, come to set us free.

Father God, I want to be as excited about seeing Jesus as the shepherds. Help me to have a fresh, new experience with You this Christmas. Let my excitement and enthusiasm for You spill over onto others. In His name, Amen.

Written by Reenie Peppers

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