…the angel said to [the shepherds],
“Do not be afraid.
I bring you good news that will cause great joy
for all the people.
Today in the town of David
a Savior has been born to you;
He is the Messiah, Christ the Lord…”
Luke doesn’t spell it out quite so bluntly, but it’s safe to imagine that the shepherds in the Nativity account didn’t lounge in the field weighing the pros and cons of going to Bethlehem to see the new Messiah. When they received the angel’s good news, Scripture leaves us with the distinct impression that these shepherds got up and got moving.
In other words, they dropped everything and went to find Jesus. With herds of sheep, no less. Have you ever tried to travel on foot with a herd of animals in tow? It’s no small inconvenience; yet these shepherds made the trip with jubilant – albeit perhaps puzzled – hearts.
With that mental picture in mind, then, what better way to draw Ready, Set, Advent! to a close than by welcoming Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God into our own hearts and lives not only with rejoicing and worship, but also with sacrificial gifts of our own? As we celebrate both the first coming of the Incarnate Messiah and anticipate His promised return, won’t you join me this week – yes, with heartfelt rejoicing and worship – but also by giving serious thought and prayer to what gifts of service we might personally give to the King of Kings throughout the coming year.
Are you willing to drop it all and run to Christ as the shepherds did?
Below are links to some of my favorite Christmas carols – one for each day of this final week of Advent 2017; I would love for you to take time out to visit a link each day and join me in using it as a Springboard to give praise, gratitude and gifts of service to our Savior, the Light whose reflection we so dearly desire to cast outward as we go about living our lives today and always.
It has been such an honor to walk beside you for these four weeks. Thank you so much for the opportunity and the fellowship…and Merry, Merry Christmas!