MAKE HASTE TO THE MANGER

by Tad Moore | Dec. 22, 2018

“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 2:15 ESV

When one compares the armies of angels that filled the sky with music in the shepherds’ field with the sight of the manger, the manger must have been starkly boring and unimpressive. How can you compare the two scenes? In one, the heavens filled to the brim with heavenly angels declaring the glories and mercies of God with music and singing. In the other, a baby boy placed in a manger by poor parents, weary from travel and labor.

To be honest, given the choice to get a glimpse into either Biblical scene, my flesh would choose the angelic vision over a sight of the newborn baby. It just seems so much more… exciting.

However, I think once the shepherds finished wiping their eyes, and verified that everyone had in fact seen the angels, they understood that no matter how exciting their vision had been, the thing that the angels were proclaiming was far more important. So, they “made haste” to see what God was up to in Bethlehem.

I wonder how often God has been at work in the small, unimpressive, mundane moments of life that I have passed by without a second thought.

We easily forget that the most incredible moment in the history of human kind happened in a barn. How many people walked home that night, passing by that barn, hearing a newborn infant’s cry, and kept walking without a clue that the cry came from the lungs of the Lord of life and light?

My prayer for myself, my family, and our church is that we have a sense of awe and wonder this Christmas. I pray that the child in the manger would not be so ignorable. I pray that we’d make haste to our Bibles to read the story of Christ’s birth. I pray that we’d make haste to tell those around us what was said concerning the child. I pray that people would wonder at what the shepherds made known.

Perhaps those without Christ don’t need angelic visions to help them see the glory of Christ. They just need the “shepherds” to show a little interest in what has already been made known and hurry to tell others.

Today’s Reading: Luke 2:15-18 ESV

8 Comments

  1. Beth

    So good Tad! Great insight.

    Reply
  2. Colene Zaiser

    We join our prayers with yours. Open our eyes Lord to the truly spectacular, your coming to earth to be God with us. Thanks Tad Merry Christmas
    Gordie and Colene Zaiser

    Reply
  3. Kevin Kraning

    Good encouragement Tad. Good reminder of our responsibility to be good shepherds of His story.

    Reply
  4. Rhonda Moore

    This momma’s heart is bursting with pride as I read your advent devotional. My “shepherd” awareness has been sharpened by reading this and I pray my life is a witness to others and that I point others to Jesus with haste.
    Again, you raise the bar for me.
    Love you, son!

    Reply
  5. Adrienne Stone

    This is so on point.

    Reply
  6. Darla Beller

    Your last line…
    “Perhaps those without Christ don’t need angelic visions to help them see the glory of Christ. They just need the “shepherds” to show a little interest in what has already been made known and hurry!”
    May this be our great passion and joy; to share the good news of Jesus!
    Thanks so much for this, Tad!

    Reply
  7. Becky Denny

    What a wonderful and vivid reminder. May we all live with intention to be shepherds.

    Reply
  8. Robyn

    Tad- just what I needed to hear. What a great reminder. Thank you!

    Reply

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Make Haste to the Manger

BY: Tad Moore | Dec. 22, 2018

“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 2:15 ESV

When one compares the armies of angels that filled the sky with music in the shepherds’ field with the sight of the manger, the manger must have been starkly boring and unimpressive. How can you compare the two scenes? In one, the heavens filled to the brim with heavenly angels declaring the glories and mercies of God with music and singing. In the other, a baby boy placed in a manger by poor parents, weary from travel and labor. 

To be honest, given the choice to get a glimpse into either Biblical scene, my flesh would choose the angelic vision over a sight of the newborn baby. It just seems so much more… exciting. 

However, I think once the shepherds finished wiping their eyes, and verified that everyone had in fact seen the angels, they understood that no matter how exciting their vision had been, the thing that the angels were proclaiming was far more important. So, they “made haste” to see what God was up to in Bethlehem. 

I wonder how often God has been at work in the small, unimpressive, mundane moments of life that I have passed by without a second thought. We easily forget that the most incredible moment in the history of human kind happened in a barn. How many people walked home that night, passing by that barn, hearing a newborn infant’s cry, and kept walking without a clue that the cry came from the lungs of the Lord of life and light? 

My prayer for myself, my family, and our church is that we have a sense of awe and wonder this Christmas. I pray that the child in the manger would not be so ignorable. I pray that we’d make haste to our Bibles to read the story of Christ’s birth. I pray that we’d make haste to tell those around us what was said concerning the child. I pray that people would wonder at what the shepherds made known. 

Perhaps those without Christ don’t need angelic visions to help them see the glory of Christ. They just need the “shepherds” to show a little interest in what has already been made known and hurry to tell others. 

Today’s Reading: Luke 2:15-18 ESV

8 Comments

  1. Beth

    So good Tad! Great insight.

    Reply
  2. Colene Zaiser

    We join our prayers with yours. Open our eyes Lord to the truly spectacular, your coming to earth to be God with us. Thanks Tad Merry Christmas
    Gordie and Colene Zaiser

    Reply
  3. Kevin Kraning

    Good encouragement Tad. Good reminder of our responsibility to be good shepherds of His story.

    Reply
  4. Rhonda Moore

    This momma’s heart is bursting with pride as I read your advent devotional. My “shepherd” awareness has been sharpened by reading this and I pray my life is a witness to others and that I point others to Jesus with haste.
    Again, you raise the bar for me.
    Love you, son!

    Reply
  5. Adrienne Stone

    This is so on point.

    Reply
  6. Darla Beller

    Your last line…
    “Perhaps those without Christ don’t need angelic visions to help them see the glory of Christ. They just need the “shepherds” to show a little interest in what has already been made known and hurry!”
    May this be our great passion and joy; to share the good news of Jesus!
    Thanks so much for this, Tad!

    Reply
  7. Becky Denny

    What a wonderful and vivid reminder. May we all live with intention to be shepherds.

    Reply
  8. Robyn

    Tad- just what I needed to hear. What a great reminder. Thank you!

    Reply

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