“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
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. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 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 2:15-20, NIV)
Let’s go. It’s a simple phrase filled with promise. It speaks of action and commitment. It shows the shepherds need to seek out the one the angels spoke of. Let’s go.
Today is the end of our Advent journey. For the past 24 days we’ve journeyed together as families, as individuals, as Christ Followers, looking for something deeper. We were looking for the baby, longing to find meaning in the season. Our family has grown and changed as a result of this process. We’ve taken time for rest in the busyness around us. We’ve played together, praised together and been thankful for all we’ve had. This month has been a wonderful celebration of our faith and our family.
Today we feel the call of the shepherds. We feel the urgency in their step as they race towards Jesus. We too want to race towards the newborn king. Tonight we will gather with others to celebrate our saviors birth. Tonight we will celebrate his life. Tonight we will rejoice in God’s grace.
Let’s go. Let’s get out there and meet the one we’ve been waiting for.