When was the last time you were excited about something? Did you tell someone about it? When we hear great stories or things that stir our hearts with excitement, we have to share them.
In Luke chapter 2, verses 8-20, we see this to be true for the shepherds in Bethlehem. They were considered by many to be the lowest of the low in their society and spent their days with animals. What’s so amazing about Jesus’ birth is that God chose to share the birth of His Son with these lowly shepherds first! What’s even more amazing is the response by the shepherds. They simply had to share the good news they heard. They had to talk about this amazing hope that was now available to the world!
Hope is contagious. When we’re promised great things, we’re filled with expectation that something incredible is going to happen. True hope cannot be stopped, and it cannot be contained.
Jesus came to earth to conquer death and allow us to have a relationship with God again. Jesus gives us hope. This is good news we cannot keep to ourselves. In our schools, in our workplaces, and in our friendship groups, we know that some people are hurting and desperate for hope. Just like the shepherds, we can share our hope by sharing what Jesus has done for us.
I’ve been so encouraged in recent weeks, to hear of so many answered prayers here at Derriford Church, so many pictures of new growth and a new start. Some people have shared a picture of shoots just poking through the ground, like the bulbs in the garden that are just breaking the surface in our gardens. Some people have shared a picture of a sheepfold, surrounded by sheep that are making their way into the sheepfold. The spirit appears to be showing us that just like the shepherds on the hillside, we should be excited, for God has something special to show us this Christmas…. and I look forward to finding out more about what God is doing at Derriford Church in the coming weeks.
Rev Robert Weston