When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. (Luke 2:15-16)
In the verses preceding today’s passage, angels delivered news of the arrival of the Messiah to the shepherds. Notice that the shepherds responded immediately. They did not take time before setting out. They did not stop for coffee along the way. They did not show up after Jesus grew into a toddler or adolescent. They left in a hurry and went straight to Jesus, arriving to see ﬁrsthand the scene that the angels had described: the baby Jesus lying in a manger. The shepherds recognized the importance of this moment, one that God had graciously allowed them to share in.
The shepherds understood that they were being allowed to share in a great secret and precious moment with Mary, Joseph, and the angels of heaven. We, also, get to share this moment during Advent as we look back at this breathtaking scene.
- When have you felt that God was calling you to something, but hesitated and missed out on that moment?
- What stopped you from seizing the opportunity God invited you into?
- Be like the shepherds and don’t drag your feet when God is calling you to come near to Jesus.