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Go Tell It on the Mountain!



Those who know Christ are called to make Him known.


And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:8-11 NIV)


A company of angels joined the first one, giving glory to God. Then, the shepherds were left alone. They decided to go to Bethlehem and find the baby.


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. (Luke 2:16-18 NIV)


Did you catch that? 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. They had been told about the birth of a Savior. They went to see for themselves, and they told what they knew. They made Jesus known.


Having seen Jesus for themselves, they returned to their flocks.


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 2:20 NIV)


They glorified and praised God for all they had seen and heard. They couldn't keep quiet. Something wonderful had happened to them, and they just had to tell somebody.


Whether it's a great new restaurant we tried or an amazing deal we found or the fantastic service we got from the plumber or a new baby being born into the family, when good things happen, we just have to tell somebody. We can hardly keep the news to ourselves. Did I tell you about the five new grandchildren our son and daughter-in-law just adopted?


We really should be like these shepherds. They didn't have a divinity degree or ordination as clergy. But they saw angels. And then they saw Jesus for themselves. And they couldn't contain the joy.


Those who know Christ are called to make Him known.


It's like the Christmas song we're singing in Church today:


Go tell it on the mountain

Over the hills and everywhere

Go tell it on the mountain

That Jesus Christ is born!


If we followers of Jesus don't claim Christmas for what it is - the coming of the Son of God into the world to save us from sin and death - then who will claim it, and how will anyone know it? We don't have to be in-you-face-obnoxious. We must be gentle and loving and humble. Nonetheless, those who know Christ are called to make Him known.


Watch for opportunities and speak up. Make Jesus known. It is, after all, good news that will cause great joy for all the people!


Let's be like the shepherds...


Have a blessed Christmas!

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