The message was out – the Saviour of the World, the Messiah, the Lord, Emmanuel, King of the Jews … had been born.
The angel of the Lord had said to the shepherds, “I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people”.
For the world of any generation this would be very good news – we had received the answer to all of our prayers.
God was up and about!
How do we respond to good news?
With celebration, by talking about it, by being thankful! Just like grand-parents when there is a new birth!!
What responses do we see in the bible accounts?
The Shepherds went and checked out for themselves what they had heard about; they could have decided not to bother, but they said to each other “Let us now go to Bethlehem”. They talked widely about what they had heard and seen. They went back to their job and daily lives glorifying and praising God – their lives changed forever.
The Magi followed the star all the way to the Christ child – something had stirred in their souls; they certainly didn’t want to look back at their lives having missed this opportunity. They joyously worshipped Jesus, acknowledging him to be one of high rank (a “king”) worthy of their honour. They spontaneously gave the best (most valuable) gifts that they could to Jesus. Such gifts also seemed to suggest an understanding of the servant and suffering nature of Jesus’ mission. The Magi gave Jesus primacy (first place) … avoiding any return to Herod (to give him information).
THESE WERE RESPONSES OF KEEN INTEREST, UNDERSTANDING, JOY, HOPE, WORSHIP & COMMITMENT.
THE CHRISTMAS GOOD NEWS SEEMS TO BEG A RESPONSE: there is certainly encouragement to respond in a deeper way than ever before, and possibly to move beyond ourselves to a greater cause.
What is our response?