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First Christmas

As I was preparing to speak at HCC’s Christmas Eve Service (Christmas Eve @ 6pm), I was reading through the Christmas story found in Luke 2.  I have read this story many times in the past, but something new jumped out at me this time.  I would encourage you to read through it, then continue:

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

15When 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.”

16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

Luke 2:8-18

What I noticed this time around, reading the story of the first Christmas, was the focus.  You see, while the Angels were announcing the birth of Jesus Christ, the Shepherds were not focused so much on the birth itself.  Rather, they went, saw what the Angel had told them, but then when out and told others about what they’d been told and what they’d seen.

As we sit down over the next few days, where’s your focus?  Take a lesson from the Shepherds, and tell others about what you’ve heard and seen regarding Christ, don’t just sit and be thankful for it all by yourself.

Merry Christmas!