December 14th, 2022 – Wednesday Afternoon
“The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.” ~Luke 2:20
There are at least two things that we can glean from this verse: 1. God is always faithful to His Word. 2. The joy that seems to have flooded the lives of the shepherds was the result of being witnesses of God’s faithfulness and goodness.
How do we see God’s faithfulness in this verse? Look at the end of the passage; it states “just as had been told them”, bringing to mind the angelic announcement of the birth of Christ the Lord. God had made known to the shepherds the good news and then informed them of where they would find Jesus. When the shepherds arrived, they found it “just as had been told them”; God’s message to them was, once again, proven true. This, of course, is in addition to the overall picture of God’s faithfulness in promising and then orchestrating the Messiah’s arrival (of whom the shepherds were some of the first-firsthand witnesses. God is always faithful to Himself (His character, nature, etc.) and to His Word; this is one of the many unchanging wonders of the Self-Existent One.
The shepherds’ joy is seen in how they return glorifying and praising God for what they had witnessed. I think we can imagine some of that joy on multiple levels: 1. We can all testify to the new preciousness that a just-born baby embodies; certainly the newborn King possessed such beauty and preciousness. 2. When we have been told some very good news and we have found it to be true, we also rejoice and give thanks. 3. Most importantly, however, if you and I have come face-to-face with the living Christ and found Him to be the promised total solution for our sin, suffering, life, and death, then we can understand the joy that those shepherds experienced and embraced so many years ago. They came and found the LORD faithful to His Word and promises and they couldn’t help but praise and glorify Him as a result.
My beloved friends, have you become a witness of Christ? Have you been rescued from sin and death through His atoning sacrifice? Have you experienced the glorious faithfulness of God? Then rejoice and praise Him! Tell of all His wondrous works and make know His awesome deeds among the nations! God is faithful and so good! The love of Christ is all-surpassing and wonderful!
Let our hearts and lips not hold in these glorious truths this Christmastime; may our praise and glory-telling reflect that of our shepherd friends of long ago. PRAISE THE LORD!!!