Friday, December 13
16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Have you ever stopped to think about this verse? It says when the shepherds arrived at the manger that they ‘made known the saying’ they had been told about Jesus’ birth. In other words, they didn’t just walk up and shake Joseph and Mary’s hands, tell them ‘congratulations’, and walk away. Rather, they approached the manger, told Mary and Joseph about the amazing encounter they’d just had with the angels, and then worshipped Him before they left. Think about how differently things might have gone had they just walked on by, took a quick glance, and then left without saying a word. Joseph and Mary were human. Imagine what was going through their minds at this moment. Weary from a long journey and all alone in an overcrowded city full of other travelers who were looking for a place to stay as well. No one is happy because none of them wanted to be there. When suddenly a bunch excited shepherds come running up telling them they had heard God’s angels celebrating their Son’s arrival. Think about what this confirmation from people’s mouths about God’s goodness must have meant. Instantly the overwhelming feelings loneliness and abandonment began to subside because they knew that God was watching over them. It would be easy to look at the situation and say, “Well, if they really are the Messiah’s parents then they should already know that God is with them.” Even the most mature believers need encouragement. When God show’s you something concerning someone or who that person is blesses you, tell them. This may be God’s way of bringing refreshing and encouragement to them. You may think they hear that sort of thing all the time when in reality they might be at a low place in their life. Is the Holy Spirit showing you things concerning some of the people around you? Or, is there a person whose life truly blesses you, maybe even indirectly? If so, be quick to share those things that concern them, with them. Let your words be a strength and an encouragement to someone who may otherwise not hear it and truly need it. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff