“… Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12)
This message by the angel had scarcely been finished when suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of other angels. They were praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward man.”
Christmas time comes every year to remind us of the Saviour who was born in Bethlehem so many years ago. The story is an old one, but it is every refreshing to our memory.
Those must have been wonderful days in which to live. The prophets had foretold the event many years before it became a fact. It was said that He would be born in Bethlehem, but it was not clear just when. No advance preparations were made for Mary and Joseph as is made for royalty and leaders of our country today. No one was there to meet them and cheer them when they arrived. The innkeeper did not even recognize them; he had never heard of them. Joseph did not tell the man that his wife was to be the mother of the most important Man who would ever live. He did not claim to be a dignitary in this life, but humbly walked away to where Mary was waiting outside.
Finally they found a place which we call a stable, or a cave in the side of a hill that was used for a stable. They did not have a chair to sit on or a bed to rest in. But this was where Jesus, the Saviour of the world, was born.
The village people were in peaceful sleep, except for a few shepherds who were watching over their flocks. They were well-versed in the Scriptures, and one or more of them probably remembered or quoted the prophecy of the Messiah to be born in Bethlehem. They may have begun to wonder about the strange feelings they were having. Then suddenly a light shone round about them, and they were afraid! An angel was in their midst, telling them to “fear not.” This light shone to tell them shepherd’s a message.
Everything the Church of God does is, directly or indirectly, an invitation for others to see us as we are. Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” (Matthew 5:14) Jesus expects us to keep our lights burning so others may be drawn to the fold, just as the shepherds and Wise Men were drawn to the Baby Jesus so many years ago. He not only said that we are the light of the world, but He also made it very clear that our light is not to be hidden, but lifted up high so others may see and believe.
The members of the Church should never allow darkness to creep in. By keeping our lights shining with the light of truth at all times, people will absorb the glow and the city will be illumined. People who will not let their lights shine will eventually withdraw into darkness, because their deeds are evil. When people see our light is not burned out, they will be asking the way to Zion. If our members will let their lights so shine, people will begin to follow the light and the “inflow” will come just as the humble ones were drawn to the Baby Jesus.image credit: HERE