Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terrified. (Luke 2:9 NLT)
If you were standing on a hillside in total darkness with only the stars for light and the night sky suddenly blossomed with glorious light, how would you react? Would you be frightened? Then you hear voices of praise and singing. Now you are really terrified. What is happening? The sheep are bawling as your eyes are fixated upon the heavens. Suddenly they hear a voice, "Don't be afraid!" "The Savior -- yes, the Messiah, the LORD -- has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David." The shepherds are so astonished that they leave the sheep and hurry into Bethlehem to find the new born child.
Every Christmas I am challenged again by the shepherd's response to the good news of a Savior being born in Bethlehem. Not so much that they went and saw for themselves baby Jesus, but that after seeing and worshiping him they left and told everyone they saw what had happened. They refused to keep the "good news" to themselves.
Isn't it the responsibility of each believer to share the "good news" that Jesus has come to redeem mankind?
How do you approach Christmas this year? Do you see it as an opportunity to broadcast once again that the Jesus is the reason for the season?