Luk 2:15 And it happened that when the angels had gone away from them into the sky, the shepherds started saying to one another, “Let us pass through Bethlehem now, so we can see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has revealed to us!”
Luk 2:16 And they went quickly and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the manger.
Luk 2:17 And after seeing them, they made known the statement that had been told to them about this child.
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Notice the sequence of events that Luke relates. First, the angel reveals the good news that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Next, the shepherds agree to go to Bethlehem and personally experience this incarnation. They wanted to go to Bethlehem so they could see him themselves. Then, after seeing for themselves, they spread the word to others.
Luke wrote his Gospel so that his friend Theophilus would know for certain the things that they both believed — things about Jesus. The shepherds believed the angel, but they still wanted to go to Bethlehem to see for themselves. Then, they became evangelists, passing the word revealed along to others.
Have you believed the word that you read? Seek Jesus yourself. He’s not an infant in Bethlehem anymore. He is the Lord in heaven, but if you seek him. you will find him. But, a word of warning: finding Jesus for yourself will change you. The words about Jesus will no longer just be a message in a book. It will be good news which you must pass on to others.
LORD, we believe. Solidify our faith with a personal experience of your presence, and send us to tell others.