Bible Reading: Luke 2:1-20
On the very day that Jesus was born there was a remarkable proclamation of the Christmas message, not in a beautiful cathedral or lovely auditorium, but to simple shepherds, in the fields keeping watch over their flocks by night. Perhaps this was the very first proclamation of the gospel message.
The message that night was so clear. The preacher was an angel who brought “good news” [Luke 2:10]. The phrase, “I bring you good news” is a Greek word ‘evangelizo’ that means “I evangelize.” That is what the angel was doing! From the same Greek root word we have the word sometimes translated as “gospel.” It is the message of a Saviour, Christ, the anointed One and long awaited Messiah. This was the first evangelistic meeting on the very day that Jesus was born.
How wonderful that in the first ever Christmas service the news of the greatest event in history came not to men of extraordinary qualifications but to a congregation of simple shepherds. This message is for all men
That first evangelistic service would not be complete without a choir, and this choir had come especially from heaven! What is a choir without an anthem? Their song brought glory to God and spoke of peace to men on whom God’s favour rests. It must have been an amazing experience sitting in a field and hearing a heavenly choir singing a song from heaven itself.
The gospel message requires a response and the shepherds made a decision to go to Bethlehem and see the Saviour that the angel had declared to them. Their lives would never be the same again. Their response was to spread the message everywhere, and they returned to their sheep glorifying and praising God!
What a first evangelistic service on the day of Christ’s birth. There was:
a venue – the fields;
a preacher – the angel;
a congregation – shepherds;
a message – a Saviour, Christ the Lord;
a choir – a heavenly host;
an anthem – Gloria in Excelsis Deo;
a response – let us go and see the Christ;
There is only one question on this very special day as we celebrate Christ’s birth. What will your response to the gospel be? He is no longer the Babe of Bethlehem but the triumphant King of kings and Lord of lords who has defeated sin and death!
“Oh come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord”