THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Tommy, a fourth-grader, went to school.
His dog followed him.
When the bell rang, the dog slipped in and went all the way
to Tommy's room.
The teacher shoo'd him out, and closed the door.
The dog sat down outside the school and began to whimper.
Just then, Jesus came and sat beside the dog.
He patted his head and said, "Don't feel bad little fella.
They won't let ME in either!"
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them
into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even
unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which
the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and
the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying
which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were
told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all
the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
LIGHT from the WORD.
There's a lesson here.
The appearance of Christ in public places at Christmas
(or any other time) depends upon the PEOPLE!
The shepherds "..made known abroad the saying which was told
them concerning this Child."
They were "...praising God for all the things that they had heard and
seen, as it was told unto them."
Can you imagine those shepherds being told they could NOT tell
stories of the Christ Child in public places?
Can you imagine the wise men being told they could NOT share
Christ when they returned home?
They were WITNESSES of Christ's birth.
They TOLD about it wherever they went!
When one truly comes to KNOW Christ one desires to TELL
If Christ has been born in our spirits, we are WITNESSES
of that event!
We are to TELL about it wherever we go.
The greatest story ever told is that God became a man,
born as a baby.
And Jesus grew up "..as a tender plant, and as a root out
of a dry ground.." (See Is. 53:2)
The saddest story ever told is "He is despised and rejected
of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we
hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we
esteemed him not." (See Is. 53:3)
Tell the world: CHRIST is come!
THAT's the MESSAGE of CHRISTmas!