The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Today's Reading: Luke 2:20 (NIV)
No doubt these shepherds thought it would be a normal evening, keeping watch over their flock of sheep as they did every night this time of year. This night, however, was anything but normal. Following a heavenly vision of angels announcing the birth of the Messiah, the shepherds had been to see the newborn King. Finding everything just as the angel had described, the shepherds returned to work. But things were different now: they had seen their Savior. Rather than talking of the weather or discussing the health of their sheep, their lips were filled with praise for God. Once they caught a glimpse of the long-promised Messiah, all they could do was glorify and praise God.
My prayer for you this Christmas Eve is that you too have had a glimpse of the Messiah. We first see Him for who He really is at the moment of our salvation. Suddenly we realize our sin and His perfection, and we marvel at His sacrifice on our behalf. Once that happens, once we have seen Him just as we were told, everything changes. Like the shepherds, the things that once concerned us no longer seem so important. The concerns of life are not gone, but they fade in comparison to the glory we have beheld in our King. His praise is in our hearts and on our lips as we seek to glorify Him.
Joy surrounds all the events described in Luke 2
. God is at work in a special way, and everyone who is a witness to it is filled with joy. The angels declare the good news and the shepherds rejoice when they see that all they have been told is true. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord tomorrow, may this be true of us as well. With whom can you share the joy you have in Jesus? Who can you tell about Jesus the Messiah, announced by angels and laid in a manger? How will you praise and glorify Him as the shepherds did? Because, like them, we have had a glimpse of the Messiah, and it is just as we had been told.