read: “When the angels had left them, 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.” -Luke 2:15
Which story will you choose to enter into today? Things as they are, with a little Christmas gift to distract you for a moment? Or involvement in a whole other way of life, with lots to learn, and no guarantees except that you will never again be alone? The shepherds chose to jump in to a whole new life.
This is the option God gives us. There’s Caesar’s story- it’s the one where everything stays the same. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer- the first stay first and the last stay last- and nobody thinks of the shepherds. Or, there’s Jesus’ story, the one that begins tonight.
If we are ready to go the way of the shepherds, then –
We are ready for the stranger in the manger to teach us something new, to change our lives.
We are here to say, this story that everyone counts, that God is found in mangers and proclaimed to shepherds, we come tonight to say this is our story.
Now only one story lasts. And it is not Caesar’s story.
Today, if he is remembered at all, most people remember Caesar because at some point during his reign, in a rundown section of one of the more obscure imperial provinces, a child was born.
Born to you this night is a Savior, who is Christ, the Lord. Come and see.
act: Attend worship tonight.
with children: Explain that when we light our candles (or turn on our flashlights!) at church tonight, we are choosing to tell Jesus’ story in our actions.
pray: Let me receive you, Lord Jesus, as Lord of my life. Amen.