WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13
“And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.”
Luke 2:16-17 ESV
PROCLAIM THE MESSAGE
Babies don’t talk, but they make noises, they cry and they coo, but they don’t talk. When they do start talking, they are dangerous. One week a family invited the preacher to eat lunch with them after the Sunday morning service. The preacher finished greeting people at the church and drove over to the home. When he arrived, the mom and dad left their five-year-old son in the living room with the pastor until they could get the lunch prepared. The preacher said to the boy, “Son, that food sure does smell good.” The little boy said, “We are having goat for lunch.” The preacher was a bit stunned and asked the boy to repeat what he had said. The little fellow said it again, and it was clear that the word he used was ‘goat’. The preacher said, “Son, what makes you think that we are eating goat for lunch?” The little boy said, without hesitation, “I heard mom and dad say, ‘We are having the old goat for lunch today!’” Needless to say, that little boy had said too much! (Mike Minnix)
Seeing Jesus in the manger confirmed what the angels had told the shepherds. After that meeting, the shepherds told as many people as they could about the birth of Jesus. This encounter changed their lives and they wanted to tell others what they had seen and heard.
The little boy in the fictitious “goat” story above was just telling the pastor what he had heard. In the same way, it is our great privilege to simply tell others what we have seen and heard about Jesus. When is the last time you told someone what Jesus means to you? Christmas is a great time to do that. One idea is to set aside time on Christmas day with your family and friends to share what Christmas means to you. But you don’t have to wait until Christmas day to share what He means to you. Start telling others today.