The shepherds, upon hearing this Good News, had to search it out. “Let us go to Bethlehem and see things thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us. And they went with haste… ” (Luke 2:15-16a). When the Good News truly grips us, we just have a desire to plumb out its depths.
The shepherds were not allowed to testify in court, but God allowed them to testify before a number of witnesses, didn’t he? They could not keep it inside — they had to testify, regardless of what the culture deemed appropriate.
Not only did the shepherds testify, but when they left and went back home, they were like the angels who were praising God.
he scene at the manger teaches us the treasure of the Gospel and the central matter around Christmas: Jesus Christ. In Mark 1:1, Mark begins, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Does this mean the Gospel that Jesus preaches or that Jesus is the Gospel? Well… yes.
The shepherds saw the Gospel and, hopefully through faith, would continue seeing the Gospel that is Jesus Christ and then they would tell about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I pray that we would see more than lights and presents and tinsel and the roast beast on the dining room table this Christmas.
May we truly see the Gospel — may we see Jesus Christ!