How many Christmases do you remember or have all the years of celebrating this one event become a blur?
In Luke 2:15 we read that when the angels left the shepherds and returned to heaven the shepherds said to themselves “Lets go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
It just occurred to me the other day that the shepherds did not need to go to see Jesus!
The angels had visited them and told them the good news. They had all the information they needed so there was no need for them to make the long trek to Bethlehem.
So why did they do it?
They did it because they wanted to see Jesus for themselves.
As Christians we can become very familiar with Christmas. Although we know Jesus and His purpose for being here don’t let the familiarity of this season rob you of fresh inspiration and deeper connection with God this Christmas season.
A couple of things happen when we dare to see God for ourselves.
• Our beliefs are shaken
The angels told the shepherds that there was a baby wrapped in cloth lying in a manger. That was it! I wonder how confronting it was when they came to the stable and heard noisy animals, saw the darkness and smelt the surrounds. What did they think when they saw Mary and Joseph, people who were so young and common, with this baby in their arms?
When we come close to God we begin to see things differently. Things that we thought were one way are shown in a different light. Things we weren’t aware of before suddenly come into focus.
• Our faith increases
I wonder what conversations the shepherds had on the way to Jesus. Did they have any doubt of what they might find when they arrived in Bethlehem? It must have been so marvelous for the shepherds, after traveling all that way, to see that what the angels had said was actually true.
Our faith increases when we experience God for ourselves. It is one thing to hear about Him but to experience Him, His presence, His direction or His healing is a completely different thing.
• Our testimony becomes powerful
How much greater did the shepherds testimony become after they had actually been to see Jesus? Before it was just a word from an angel that may or may not have been true?
When we have personal first hand experiences with God our testimony to others increases. It becomes potent because we have experienced the power of God for ourselves.
This Christmas why not dare to go on a journey with Him into a greater depth of discovery. Don’t miss Him this Christmas because you are so familiar with this season. Ask God to reveal Himself to you in a deeper way as you focus on Him this Christmas.
I do not want the familiarity of this season to rob me of a fresh experience of You. I want to have a fresh revelation of who You are as I focus on you this Christmas season.
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