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.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:15-20 ESV
Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples! Psalm 96:1-3 ESV
Once there was a beetle with black and yellow wings who was there when the baby Jesus was born. He saw the wonderful gift God had given to the world, and he heard the song of the angels. He wanted to go out and tell all his friends about everything he had seen, but it was midnight and very dark outside, and he didn’t know how he would find his way. But then an angel took a sparkling jewel from his hair and put it on the beetle. The light from this jewel guided the beetle on his way, and to this day the children and grandchildren of this little beetle have a sparkling light on them. We call them fireflies.
This is only a story. It wasn’t a little beetle that went out into the night and into the days beyond that to tell the good news about the birth of Jesus. It was the shepherds who were so full of joy that they hurried to Bethlehem to see their Savior, and then hurried out to tell everyone they met what they had seen. When they returned to their sheep, they were praising God and giving him glory for everything he had done for his people. Mary’s joy was more quiet. The Bible says that she treasured everything that God had done for her and thought about them deep in her heart.
We also have a wonderful joy when we remember what the Lord has done for us through Jesus. Jesus came to be a human person, one of us, so that he could take our place and die for us on the cross. Because of Jesus, we are God’s people forever, and we have a place in his heavenly kingdom. We praise God and tell others all about the wonderful news of our Savior.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending us Jesus. Please help us to share his love with others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Gaer, Joseph The Lore of the New Testament Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1952.