17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 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 2:17-20
The shepherds saw the baby Jesus twice, once after the angels gave them the location, and the second after they spread the news of His birth. It all seemed to have happened within eight days because Jesus is circumcised on the eighth day. Again, simple boys going through the town to tell the people. No trumpets blaring. No pronouncements. Just a few shepherds who proclaimed what they saw firsthand. Who would believe them? To them it didn’t matter. They had some unbelievable news. Notice that nobody had to tell them to go out. They had such good news how could they keep it all bottled up inside? That’s the way it is with good news, isn’t it?
You got a great job.
You just had a baby.
You just had a grandchild.
You just got married.
No one has to tell you to spread the word; you do that on your own. You’ll tell that story to anyone and everyone who will listen. That’s the very nature of good news.
The shepherd boys probably didn’t realize the full significance of their news but it didn’t matter. They didn’t have to know the full story. They acted on what they knew to be true.
This Christmas you may have an opportunity to share the ultimate Good News with family members. You’ve been putting it off for too long. You have the Good News. You have the truth on your side. Plus you have the Holy Spirit interceding on your behalf.