The story of the shepherds found in Luke 2. These shepherds are out in the fields in the middle of the dark night watching their sheep, when angels appear to them, and God’s bright glory shines about them, and they give the shepherds the announcement that Jesus Christ has been born! It’s hard for me to even imagine this scene, let alone try to explain it! (Read more in the previous post.)
After the angels leave and go into heaven, the shepherds go to Bethlehem where they seek out this newborn Savior.
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)
Wonder and amazement swept through the hearts of those listening as the shepherds told them about Jesus.
After everything the Shepherds had seen and heard, they were filled with wonder and that wonder was contagious! When they shared the news, they also shared the wonder and amazement! And I believe that same wonder and amazement can fill the hearts of those hearing the good news about Jesus thousands of years later!
“…A Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:7 NIV)
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14 NIV)
The Shepherds were so affected by what they had seen and heard, and the fact that everything lined up with what the angels had told them, that they returned to their flocks and pastures glorifying and praising God. (Luke 2:20)
Wonder leads to worship.
When I let my heart be filled with the wonder and miracle of Christmas, it begins to sing and cheer! God is bigger than us! He saw we needed Him! And he came… He came to be God with us! No distance was too great, no effort too much… He came to save us! And the wonder quickly turns to worship… if I follow the kids’ lead, take a moment, and enjoy.
What is filling you with wonder this Christmas?