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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
Time Of Christ: A Need To Share

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Luke 2:8-20 KJV
(8) And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
(9) And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
(10) And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
(11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
(12) And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, good will toward men.
(15) And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
(16) And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
(17) And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
(18) And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
(19) But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
(20) And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

I was thinking this morning this is not Christmas, but there is a point to the Christmas story seldom brought out in detail. I think in general we get immune to the Christmas story because it is something of tradition and heard once a year at least in Christian world. Yet there something hear to think on is the joy of the shepherds and their reaction to the good news of Jesus. There are shouters and dancers of joy of faith. David was a shouter and a dancer, but the Shepherds showed fear, excitement, wonderment and joy. The angels scared the shepherds when they appeared to them. Yet as the angels left they began to wonder about these things told them to the point they felt the need to search it out for themselves. Upon seeing Jesus the excitement arose in their hearts to where before they left the sight of Jesus they told Mary and Joseph what they saw, and then they had to tell the news to the world. There excitement and joy of finding and seeing the special gift of God was the evidence needed to share the story of the angels telling their story to them in the field. Tell of the evidence of this special birth.

The joy and the excitement was expressed by sharing the experience of faith. The fact is when a person accept Jesus as Savior there is a need in the heart to share the good news with joy. No one pass out and yet all was fearful of the sight of the angels. The Shepherds went not in euphoria but in excitement and wonderment to see if what they heard was true. The appearance of angels were not enough alone to be evidence but the evidence coming with finding the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying n manger.

The Shepherds fear is not described beyond the simple fact they were fearful and the angel calmed them with fear not. When the soldiers in the garden before Jesusí trial fell backwards it was not by their power, but the power of Jesus that they fell backwards. Jesus did not push them down by his hand, or word but I believe by the Spirit. There are times when people come trembling to the altar in fear and times when people have been knocked down by the power of God. The joy of faith and the fear of unknowing what is to come, or fear in the since of reverence of God, is expression or emotion. The power of God to force someone back is spiritual force.

The truth is Godís Spirit does not control our joy, the joy and expression of faith in exuberant manner. To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be empowered to share the story of Jesus to magnify the story of Jesus. Where the shepherds filled with the Holy Spirit probably not it was more of excitement of finding evidence, or a treasure and the need to share or perhaps even brag of the experience. Take a little boy whose father takes him fishing in hopes to catch a fish, by the time the little boy gets home the fish he catches as grown from a minnow size fish to a whale of a story. How the little boy caught a fish to the fish almost pulled him in and how he pulled the fish up on the shore. Will the story of an angel grew into multitude of angels not because it was a false tale but because it was true and the joy of the angels expressed in song. Yet that was not whale of enough story so the evidence is now told that the shepherds found a babe in a manger as described by the angels. Without seeing the evidence one only has half a story.

If one has a vision from God, the vision is only partial evidence of Godís power in a believers life, without the evidence of event it only a vision/dream. In Mark 14 Jesus told the Pharisee that asked him about whether he was Mary Son, that he would see the Son of Man sitting on the throne descending with the Father. No doubt the Pharisee is dead, and the evidence of Christ return is not yet for Jesus spoke of an event to come that all eyes would see Him. It is the hope of all believers of Christ return and even some non believers that desire the evidence of the reality of God. The emotion of anger drove the Pharisees to lash out at Jesus. An emotion not of faith but rage of not being the one on the right hand of God. Emotion spurs a person on and so does the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit lead Moses through the wilderness, Philip to meet the eunuch in Acts 8, Peter to have a vision and evidence when strangers requested to speak to him and take him to Joppa in Acts 10. Elijah propelled to go on a journey 40 days with only the meals prepared by an angel. Point I am making several things control a person, either the Holy Spirit or emotion. There is no mention of the Holy Spirit in the Christmas story, the joy came with evidence not with seeing the angels. Fear came with the angels, hope came with the angels to the shepherds, proof came with seeing Jesus. Excitement and emotion spurred them to share the story.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to know the difference of our own emotion and the power of your Spirit in our life. Help us not to be carried away by our own emotion but carried away by your Spirit to do your work. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:

Mark 14:61-64 KJV
(61) But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
(62) And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
(63) Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?
(64) Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.

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