“And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this Child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.” Luke 2:17-18
I love everything about the Christmas season! The songs, the food, the parties, the decorations, the special worship services, and the TV specials are all wonderful. But there’s a very important aspect of Christmas that we can sometimes neglect. What is it? Proclamation! The story of redemption of which the incarnation is a magnificent, crucial part is a story that needs to be told. The shepherds could not help but make known to many the events of the first Christmas. I believe we need to be like those shepherds, particularly as our society become more and more secular. We take it for granted that people in our community know the details or the importance of the incarnation. But I believe as the Christmas story is deemphasized, less and less people will know the real reason for the season. So, don’t be afraid to say the word “Christmas.” Use cards and parties and gifts to point people to Jesus. Explain to people why you are glad that Jesus left heaven and came to earth. Share your personal faith story. Get the word out!
Not only should we be concerned with our community, we should be concerned with the nations. Oswald J. Smith said, “We talk of the Second Coming, half the world has never heard of the first.” What a powerful and convicting quote! Imagine growing up in some distant corner of the world and never having access to the Gospel. Imagine never having heard the Christmas story. Imagine never having sung Away in a Manger. Yet that is the case with billions of people in our world. So, let’s double-down on our commitment to take the Gospel to a lost and dying world. Jesus has come! He has died for our sins! He has risen from the dead! Let’s pray, give, and go to proclaim that message to every nation for the glory of God!