While they faithfully looked after their sheep at night in the fields outside of Bethlehem, suddenly “the glory of the Lord shone round about them,” and an angel proclaimed in their ears a message of good tidings for all.
What the Shepherds Heard
“Fear not,” said the angel, expressing Heaven’s desire. Sin has produced fear in man’s heart, but this message is intended to dispel it.
“I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” What a contrast with earth’s news! Heaven’s message–the Gospel–is truly “good news,” and the reception of it brings joy to all!
“Unto you” introduces a personal appeal. “Is born this day in the city of David,” tells a specific and definite fact. “A Saviour” reveals the necessity of the Gift. “Which is Christ the Lord” shows how wondrous in grace and majesty is the Person!
Then a sign was given to them, that they should find this glorious Saviour “wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, all was confirmed to them by a multitude of the Heavenly host breaking forth in chorus: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
What the Shepherds Did
What they heard stirred them to an immediate decision. They said, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which the Lord hath made known to us.” They could not be neutral about the matter; they dared not be indifferent concerning it. Faith in the message led them to instant action.
“They came with haste.” The glory of the revelation from Heaven had gripped their hearts. Faith’s acceptance of the message compelled them to go to Bethlehem with urgency. Such faith was rewarded, for they “found … the Babe lying in a manger.” Christ the Lord, the Subject of Heaven’s “Good Tidings”–and the Object of their search–was before them.
“They made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this Child.” Their testimony was the result of their faith. Returning to the fields to take up their responsibilities, they are now filled with a new joy, and are heard “glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”
Dear Friend, the message from Heaven is still being proclaimed. 1 Timothy 1:15 says, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”. On Calvary’s cross, 1 Peter 3:18 tells us that Jesus Christ “suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God”, He finished the work necessary to redeem you from sin. Now He is risen from the dead–no longer in the manger, on the Cross, or in the tomb. He lives! And…
“Now from the Glory He waits to impart
Peace to the conscience and joy to the heart;
Waits to be gracious, to pardon and heal
All who their sin and their wretchedness feel.”
Will you believe the message as the Shepherds did? Will you now come to the Saviour through repentance and faith and be eternally blessed? Repentance is turning from your sins and all efforts to save yourself, realizing that you are on a path that leads you away from God. Faith is putting your trust in Jesus Christ and the work He accomplished on the cross as all that is necessary for your salvation. Jesus says in John 6:37, “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out”.
“Thousands have fled to His spear-pierced side,
Welcomed they all have been–none are denied;
Weary and laden, they all have been blessed;
Joyfully now in the Saviour they rest.”
If you will believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you, was buried, and rose again, please pray this prayer with all of your heart:
Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!
Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of sixteen books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, and the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com.
Song: “Silent Night”
Album: “Christmas All Around Us”