sheep1During this season we have been studying the Gospel of Luke, focusing especially on chapters 1 and 2.  Recently, we read about the angelic announcement of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds. 

“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people…”  (ch. 2 v. 8-10)

After the angels left them, the shepherds decided to “go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”   (ch. 2 v. 15)  The shepherds found Mary, Joseph and the Babe just as the angels had told them.

As the children and I kept reading, the next verse stood out to me. 

“Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.” 
(v. 17)

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I had an ‘Ah Ha’ moment!  Shepherd Evangelists

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These shepherds left Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus and told people what they had heard and seen!   They spread the “good tidings of great joy!” 

 

What an excellent example of what we, as Christians, should be doing everyday. 

We can take a lesson from these shepherds:

Scripture does not say they waited until they developed a relationship with that person.

Scripture does not say they did a Bible study on the best evangelistic methods.

Scripture does not say they stood on a street corner with a bull horn.

Scripture does not mention any special training or questioning techniques.

These shepherds “made widely known.” 

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Simple.  Tell what the Lord has revealed: Christ Jesus, Emmanuel–God with us, our Savior, has come.

…just like the shepherd evangelists did.

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