17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

Luke 2:17-18 (NIV)
We are getting so close to Christmas right now. My children are talking about the possible gifts, and by this time tomorrow they will have opened up gifts at Grammy's house. There is question in my mind that over the next couple weeks everyone they meet will hear about their very favorite gifts. Actually, people will probably hear about the gifts I get, too. That's way many people are. When we get an awesome gift, we want to tell everyone. That's what the shepherds did.

The shepherds had just seen the Messiah. The promised Deliverer, whose arrival everyone had been awaiting, had come. They knew this was the greatest gift the world had ever seen. They could not keep the news of this gift to themselves. They went around telling people.

Jesus is still the greatest gift the world has ever received. God gave us Jesus, His Son, so that we could have ever lasting life. Because of this gift our sins can be washed away, and we can spend an eternity with God. Suddenly, I thought of a new pair of boots or a book from my wish does not seem worth talking about. I have received a gift that nothing can compare to its greatness. I have received Jesus.

In the days after Christmas, most of will see someone who we want to tell all about our Christmas gifts. Will we remember to mention the greatest gift of all? Will we follow the example of the shepherds and spread the word about Jesus?

Tomorrow's reading is Luke 2:19.

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