Verse of the Week:
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.
The first evangelists were shepherds. Not fancy, learned Rabbis. Not well-dressed priests. But the guys who raised the lambs that would be used in the temple as sacrifices. They were the ones who immediately went and bore witness to others that the Messiah had been born.
Luke records exactly what the angels told them:
“Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
Later in Yeshua’s ministry, He told His disciples to “Go and make disciples of all men.”
At the end of His earthly ministry He told the apostles that after the Holy Spirit empowered them, they would be witnesses to the ends of the earth. These were the working-class guys He had chosen to be His protégés.
Acts records His very last words on earth:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
You don’t have to have a fancy degree, nice things, or lots of money to spread the Word.
Follow the example of the first witnesses, the shepherds. Tell what you know about the One who came to save the world from their sins.
Live it out this week
Don’t get caught up in the commercialization of the season. Share Who you know with those you know and maybe even those you don’t. Give the Gift that the Father gave you. It’s ok to re-gift when it is the priceless Gift of the Son of God.
Heavenly Father, thank You for loving Your creation so much that You sent Your Son to a lost and dying world to redeem us and save us from our sins. Help me to live my life as a testimony to Him and to share Him when the opportunities arise. Amen.
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