Christmas day is almost here. How will we react to Dec. 25? People are still people and today will probably react much the same as on the first Christmas long ago. Let us consider the responses of three individuals.
The shepherds had somehow been prepared and were ready for the planting of the great news of Christmas in their hearts. No one would understand the idea of sacrifice any better than these men who spent their lives watching lambs born, grow to maturity and one day be offered as a sacrifice in the temple worship. How appropriate they are to be the first to hear of the “Lamb of God” who would be the Savior of the world. When God spoke, they listened.
The wise men were also prepared evidently by studying the great prophets of Israel. Somehow they were waiting and hoping, and when they saw the bright light they knew it meant something special, and so they made ready for the long journey.
But Herod was not ready. Why did he not see the star? It was bright enough to be seen in far countries by the wise men. Why didn’t Herod hear the announcement of the angels to the shepherds? He could have seen and heard, but he did not have eyes to see and ears to hear. Christmas came to Herod just as surely as it came to the shepherds and wise men, but he was not prepared?
Christmas will come on Dec. 25, as it always does, but it will mean nothing to some, because their hearts are cold and insensitive to what God is trying to do in their lives. Christmas is almost here. Are you prepared? Join the shepherds and wise men in worshipping the Christ of Christmas.