I am preparing for the celebration of Christmas this Advent through the Journey to Bethlehem, a free online Advent guide from Scripture Union USA. This is day 13 of the 26 day journey.
Day 13 of the Journey to Bethlehem is titled The Shepherds Find Him.
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."I am caught this morning in the wonderment and awe of the news of the Birth of Jesus, the Messiah, the very Son of God.
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (Luke 2:15-20)
The start of the spreading of the Good News is recorded in this account. From the angels to the shepherds to the town of Bethlehem the news was getting out.
The message had gone public and as we read in verse 18 all who heard it were brought to wonderment. The Good News brings a flood of astonishment, admiration, and awe that marvelously leads to an intense process of thought. Thoughts about how and why. Thoughts of amazement that lead to understanding, belief, and life changing salvation.
Thank you lord for the wonderment of the Good News!
P.S. Here is a link to the previous days of my Journey to Bethlehem.