8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
“Let’s see this thing that has happened” what had happened to make the shepherds want to go and see?
They experienced the glory of the Lord God. They heard and saw and experienced something outside of there normal experience. Many people including me have experienced the same an encounter with the living God. Christmas is the celebration of God coming as a human baby to us, to experience life as we see it, messy, difficult and disruptive, but also full of love, joy and happiness. He was born of unmarried parents, who had been made to move by the government for tax reasons. They then had to flee persecution and possible death to another country. As he grew up he found that family didn’t always see eye to eye with him and found authority difficult as he challenged it’s rules.
God knows what you have to deal with, he gave up his throne to share that live with you. He wants to help you deal with those concerns of life, if you will let him.
The Shepherds experienced something different “Let’s see this thing that has happened” they said. This Christmas why don’t you try to see deeper and explore this thing that has happened. If you look for Jesus he will be there waiting for you. Seek and you will find he said.
So this Christmas seek the real meaning.
May you have a wonderful Christmas and may the living God be real for you.