They Came With Haste
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. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
The shepherds were the first people that God chose to tell the great news of the prophesied Messiah's birth. After the shepherds heard the tidings of great joy, the birth of their King, they made haste and went to find Him according to where the angels told them. They quickly went, not wasting any time to see the Baby Jesus. Why would God choose to tell the shepherds first about the Baby? The shepherds were known for not being welcome by many because of their occupation, but God chose to tell them first because it represented the Good Shepherd and His sheep. Once the shepherds had seen the prophesied Messiah, they went out and told all who would listen about the things which they had seen. Jesus came to seek and save that which is lost, and we should make haste to receive His gift and tell others of Jesus and the gift He offers to them. We should never grow tired of spreading the tidings of great joy to the world about Jesus Christ, but instead, we should make haste because we know not when His return is, and there are still those who need to receive the gift of salvation.
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