Lk.2:16 – 18 – And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all who heard it were amazed about the things which were told them by the shepherds.

How could these shepherds be quiet about what they had witnessed that night. Stop for a moment and rehearse the events of the evening. The darkness and quiet was suddenly pierced by the appearance of a lone angel. His brilliance lit up the entire countryside. He spoke about a child being born in a manger who would be a Savior and the Messiah being born nearby in the City of David. In an instant an enormous multitude of angels were all around them worshipping the Lord. The shepherds found themselves running to Bethlehem to see if these things were true. They found the Lord there just as the angel had said. What could they do? They had to tell this story for the rest of their lives. Apparently some of them were still around some fifty years later when Luke showed up for an interview. What did they do, tell the story again of course. Here is how Adam Clarke describes this scene.

“These simple men, having satisfactory evidence of the truth of the good tidings, and feeling a Divine influence upon their own minds, returned to the care of their flocks, glorifying God for what he had shown them, and for the blessedness which they felt.…After having compared the predictions of the prophets with the facts stated in the evangelic history, their own souls being hereby confirmed in these sacred truths, they will return to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for what they had seen and heard in the Gospel history, just as it had been told them in the writings of the prophets; and, preaching these mysteries with the fullest conviction of their truth, they become instruments in the hands of God of begetting the same faith in their hearers; and thus the glory of God and the happiness of his people are both promoted.” What subjects for contemplation!— what matter for praise!”

The only story we can tell that makes a difference is our own story. Has Christ come and revealed Himself to you? You may not be a shepherd and you may have never seen an angel but your story, your testimony of Jesus is just as powerful. Tell somebody today what Christ has done for you. Tell somebody about this One who came to the world to die for you.

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