Go With Haste

10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. ~ Luke 2:10-16

The angel was, in fact, telling the shepherds, you need to go to Bethlehem and see this thing. This is the event you all have been waiting for your entire lives, and your parents before you, and their parents before them. The Messiah has been born. The shepherds could have missed the very event they were looking for their whole lives. Fear could have held them back. Disobedience and holding on to their earthly job could have kept them from seeing the birth of the Messiah. Instead, they left their posts and ran to find the Messiah.

So many of us today have been told of the Messiah. In fact, the Messiah Himself is knocking at the door of our hearts, but we refuse to leave behind the world. We refuse to leave behind the comfortable to get up and seek out the new. The shepherds had to go seek out the Messiah, but today, the Messiah comes to us. And yet, we still refuse to meet Him at the door. We’re so used to the many strongholds that keep us in chains that we don’t even realize we are imprisoned and that Christ has come to free us.

This Christmas, take a pause. Look around and assess your life. Is your life filled with the Joy and Hope of the LORD? Are you encouraged day by day? Is the love of the LORD perfecting you into a new Christian through the redeeming blood of Christ Jesus? Do you know the Messiah personally? Don’t let another Christmas come and go without being able to answer yes to all of these questions. Don’t let anything keep you from the Messiah.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Go With Haste.

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