Google+ 12/25/12 The Evangelistic Shepherds!

Luke 2:16-20

 

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.

After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened

And what the angel had said to them about this child.

All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished,

But Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.

The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.

It was just as the angel had told them. 

 

Merry Christmas!  The day we have been preparing for since the beginning of December has come.  Many of us went to church last night.  We read Scripture.  We sang songs.  Some of us even got to light candles.  We listened to the Christmas Eve message.  We all had a great time and probably went home to prepare for Christmas morning.  I'm not going to be a scrooge here, but we only need look to our Scripture lesson to see what we really should be doing on Christmas Day.  What did the shepherds do before returning to work?  The Scripture says that after they saw Jesus, they told EVERYONE what had happened.  They went right out from Christmas Eve and evangelized everybody!  The quiet, unassuming shepherds did this.  The shepherds proclaimed that they talked to an angel!  O boy, I bet the stories flew over that one.  I can hear the townspeople talking amongst themselves now saying, "You know, Sam the shepherd has been counting too many sheep!"  The shepherds held nothing back from anyone.  So, when you left Christmas Eve service last night, how many people did you tell about Jesus?  How many will you tell today?  I can hear you responding now.  "Hey Dave, it is my day off.  It is a holiday."  You might also be saying, "Don't have time, got to open presents and go to work."  We have nothing on the shepherds.  They worked 24/7.  If they lost even one sheep, the master would be furious.  But on that night, these shepherds didn't even go back to work.  They evangelized!  But when they did go back to work, look what they were doing.  Our Scripture says they were glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard.  So, is your life going to change when you go back to work?  Will people hear you glorifying and praising God for all you have seen and heard?  It was not the popular thing to do in shepherd circles either.  Shepherds were quiet, pensive guys who kept to themselves and their sheep.  They didn't have a weekly meeting to share sheep stories with each other!  Christmas, the star experience, the angel announcement, and the baby Jesus, changed their lives forever.  How about you?  Did last night change you?  If it didn't, maybe it should have.  Take a moment to look at Jesus today.  Listen to the angel's voice.  Follow the star.  Drop everything for a moment and see if this wonderful birth can change your life.  In the midst of opening presents or traveling or working today, find time to tell everyone about what you have seen and heard.  Let's all be shepherds today and tomorrow when we go back to work!