The angels came and lit up the sky with bright lights and sang a mighty chorus with the announcement that the Savior has come in a manger wrapped in swaddling clothes. One of the angels said to the shepherds: “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” (Luke 2:10)
Now, the shepherds could have said, “Let us take a vote and determine if the things the angel said are true or not. And then, we can form committees to plan our next actions.”
Or, the shepherds could have responded in a more systematic way. They could have said: “These are all just hallucinations. Because of the herbs we took or the drink we had this morning, we are seeing things and hearing announcements that are farfetched and impossible to carry out. Let us first check the accuracy of our senses before we do anything.”
Or maybe, the shepherds could have been more bookish and said: “Our scriptures say that if we believe, then we will be highly favored from above. The good book says that if we accept truth in our hearts, then our lives will be abundantly blessed and prosperous for many years. We will have nice houses, fast chariots, plenty of sheep, and healthy children. This talk about a helpless child in a poor person’s manger and dressed in swaddling clothes and not in a kingly manner, these do not align with our understanding of the scriptures. This announcement of a baby is not a picture of prosperity and wealth. This is not by the book.”
Instead, we see in Luke chapter two that the shepherds obeyed and went out to see the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes. They responded in wonder and joy. They worshipped the Child-King. They told everyone everything.
So, how should we respond to the announcement of “Joy To The World” during that “Silent Night” situation? Do we “Go! Tell It On The Mountains” about Jesus who is “Away In A Manger” in that “O Holy Night” story? Fear not, for behold, Jesus. Merry Christmas!