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 (NIV)
Imagine being one of the shepherds out in the field on the night of Jesus’ birth. It’s dark, aside from the light of the stars and moon above. (One of those stars is shining especially bright, it seems.) You’re just tending to your sheep, and BAM! an angel appears, awash in the light of God’s glory.
If you lived back then, your imagination wouldn’t be so visually jaded with all the special effects you see in the movies and on TV. So, to see such a thing as an angel awash in God’s glory would be enough to strike fear and terror in your heart!
But that angel assures you and your fellow shepherds to not fear, but to know the good news of the Savior’s birth in Bethlehem…and to know it’s Him by seeing him wrapped in cloths in a manger! A manger? Like, to feed stable animals? Yep. (God always did have His own way of doing things, and not in the way we expect!)
Then, more angels appear and praise the Lord for the birth of His Son here on earth, then they depart.
So you and your fellow shepherds head to Bethlehem and, just as the angels said, you find a baby in a manger. And this is no ordinary child, but the Word of God in the flesh! Your heart is about to burst to lay your eyes on Him! This news is so great that you run out to tell everyone, then run back to behold Him again.
Today, Jesus is with us in our hearts, and as He commanded as an adult, we are to spread the good news that Jesus came to earth and died so that we may be saved. Go tell it on the mountain!
MercyMe’s rendition of “Go Tell It On The Mountain” has quickly become one of this agent’s favorites. Enjoy!