Long ago there were shepherds keeping watch over their flocks and the angel of the Lord came to them and the glory of the Lord shone round about them and they were sore afraid. The angel said to them, “Fear not, for I bring you tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. This shall be a sign unto you, that you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
What would you think if an angel announced this while you were out camping somewhere? Many people would wonder what might have been in their food? How did I have such a vision as this? Many people would’ve hidden under a bush and then run off, had the sky filled with angels or even just one angel telling you this.
The shepherds were likely tired and just didn’t realize what they were seeing at first, until they heard the message of the Christ child. Then, they said amongst themselves, “Let us go see this that the Lord has told us about.” What do you think they were thinking? They were shepherds and were supposed to be watching over their flocks during the night! Why would they want to walk away from them and see this child?
Because, God had never spoken to anyone for about four hundred years and all of them had heard of this news about a Savior, the Christ! They had heard the Scriptures and had been taught by their parents from them. They knew about the prophecies, but when they became shepherds they were declared unclean and couldn’t go into the Temple. But, they went to see Jesus, the Babe that was in the manger, Immanuel, “God with us”, God in human flesh, the Son of God!
And when they came to the manger, they worshipped Him! Then they went out from there and told all who would hear the news about what they had heard and the One that they had seen! Isn’t that what we are supposed to do when we meet Him? Tell others about the One that you have met, and what He has done for you in your life from that moment on. Why do we have to do this? Look at it like someone who had a REAL debt!
You get a letter one day after many years, and somehow in your past there is a debt that you have owed that has accrued a LOT of interest! So much interest that if you can’t pay it, you will either go to prison or if you owe someone who is a criminal, like a bookie or something, and they could kill you or your family if you can’t pay this debt! It is in the millions of dollars and there is no way for you to do it! You begin to pray like you have never prayed before, because you only have a week to pay this debt! Six days go by, and many phone calls which were not nice at all, you can’t sleep, you feel as if the world is falling in on you and there is no way out. Then, as the people who are owed the money are coming up your driveway, the mail comes.
There is an envelope, addressed to you. You open it and there is a check for the exact amount down to the penny. You sign it over to the people who you owe this amount to and they take it in payment for this debt. How would you feel? Relieved? Absolutely! Free of the burden? Yes!! Where did that money come from? You want to thank this person. How could you do this? What would you be willing to do?
This is just a small showing of what Jesus has done for each of us. He didn’t owe any sin debt, because He was God’s Son. He didn’t have our nature, the nature of Adam, in Him and yet He willingly gave His life for us. That is what He was born to accomplish and He did. He paid the debt for ALL of mankind, past, present and future. All that we have to do to have forgiveness is to believe that He did what He did and ask for it. That’s it.
There is no amount of money or work that we can perform ourselves that will be of any use in our salvation, because it was all done by Jesus. That is the message that we should be telling everyone, no matter who they are. If they receive it with joy and gladness and accept Him as their Lord, that is wonderful! But, the choice is theirs and yours. Adam had a choice and Eve did too. So did the angels who followed Satan in his rebellion against God. What will you do with yours?