The closer we get to Christmas, the more our attention is drawn to the birth of Jesus. The challenge we have is being able to discern between what exalts Him in our minds and lives versus those things that are mere worldly celebrations. What is the difference?
God gives us the difference. Though the audience that waited and expected the Messiah to appear was very small, God made sure there was no mistake in identifying His coming. Let’s take the shepherds out in the field as an example.
“And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:9–10).
There is a threefold notification of this event that brings together divine presence, divine glory, and divine joy. To add an even greater sense of importance to this event, we see “a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest” (2:13-14). Heaven is so ecstatic with joy that all these features of God’s presence and heavenly beings appear at the same time for this special announcement. No wonder the shepherds headed to Bethlehem.
Such a proclamation requires “haste” or “to hurry with energy” (2:16). When they “found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger…they made known the saying that had been told them” (2:17).
Where is this “haste” or “to hurry with energy” with us? Perhaps we have been distracted by all the ‘lights’ of this world and not the blaze of glory in the Person. When HE captures our attention we will make “haste” to tell others who have never heard the news.
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