“And when they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” Luke 2:17-18
I love how The Message translates this passage, “Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child.”
The angels left as quickly as they had appeared. The shepherds talked it over and decided to go as fast as they could to see exactly what the angels were talking about. I’m sure it wasn’t how they had expected to find one of such great importance, but it didn’t seem to matter. For them, seeing was believing.
But it didn’t stop with the seeing and believing. They had to tell what they had heard from the angels and what they had seen with their own eyes and what they now believed in their hearts.
Believing doesn’t sit quietly. Somewhere deep down, it stirs a passion to share because it is too overwhelming marvelous to keep hidden.
Romans 10:9-10 says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
Confessing and believing work together. The shepherds believed and because they believed, they could not help but share. They understood the magnitude of what they had heard and seen, and it was too good to keep to themselves.
Christmas is only a few days away. We are getting ready to celebrate the greatest gift ever given. Let’s boldly tell everyone we see about the child in the manger because, like the shepherds, we too believe.
Art by Caroline Cromer
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