And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 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. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
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.” (Luke 2:8-15 ESV)
During this time in history, shepherds spent months away from their families tending sheep. Most people looked down on shepherds and considered them way down in social status. Since God’s Son was coming to be the Good Shepherd, God saw shepherds differently. God sent an angel to them to announce the birth of the Savior of the world—Christ the Lord. This child would grow up to be the sacrificial Lamb of God. The shepherds were told where to go to find the Messiah and to expect “a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” To make sure they understood the importance of what was happening in their midst, God allowed them to witness a group of angels praising God for this event that would bring peace to men. After this, the shepherds left their sheep and went in search of the Savior.
This year for Christmas, I want to be searching like the shepherds. Each day I want to be looking for the Savior to return. He could come back at any time, and I want to be ready. I want my life to look like that of the life Jesus lived while here on earth. Others know when you are searching for the Savior because it shows in your life.
You search for the Savior when you serve others as if you were serving Him. Visit those who are in the hospital and away from family. Take snacks or gift-cards to the local Ronald McDonald House, purchase children’s games and donate them to the children’s hospital— regardless of what it is, do something for those who are going to be away from home this Christmas.
Search for the Savior at your local John 3:16 Mission, an assisted living center, the Baptist Home for Children, Big Brothers and Sisters of Tulsa, or any place—a visit, card, or gift would be a pleasant surprise. Just showing that you care will be the best present you could ever give.
We search for the Savior by spending time in the Bible to see just how God has revealed Himself to us. We take what we learn from Scripture and demonstrate those godly attributes to the rest of the world. Let people know that the reason for your kindness is because of God’s great love for them.
This year, all I want for Christmas is to search like the shepherds. The Savior of the world wasn’t exactly what they expected, never-the-less, they searched and searched until they found Him. In searching for the Shepherd, I might find people to serve who don’t look much like Jesus; however, He taught us when we help those in need we are really helping Him!