Come See Go Tell

“When the angels had departed from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, ‘Let’s go straight to Bethlehem, then, and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us’...When they had seen Him, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.”
Luke 2:15, 17 (NASB)

“At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and have revealed them to infants.’”
Matthew 11:25 (NASB)

It was wonderful last Sunday to join my church family via the internet and watch the Sunday School enact the Christmas story. The sweet innocence of childhood helped the congregation take in the holy and glorious message of Advent.

I recall as a child singing two of my favourite Christmas carols. I misunderstood a couple of lines.

First, in Silent Night I sang Round John Virgin mother and child” instead of “round yon virgin”. I wondered, as a child, who was the fat, John Virgin.

Also, in “Hark the Harold angels sing”, I wondered who Harold was. I had an uncle Harold and wondered if the carol referred to him.

As the shepherds led their two sheep across the stage of my church last Sunday morning, my mind went to today’s verses in Luke. There we read about the wisdom of the shepherds as they swiftly went to Bethlehem immediately after the angelic annunciation to them. They followed our title for today’s devotional. Their action that night was expressed in the title of today’s devotional, “Come see, go tell”.

Our responsibility, as those who believe in the truth of Christmas, is to read and reread the accounts of our Saviour’s birth. We must take in once more the scene in Bethlehem. Then, having our memories refreshed by the biblical narratives, we should go and tell what we came and saw in the Bible.

Sadly, some of us do the first half of the title happily enough, but are slack about the “Go and tell” part. However, if we truly see and joyfully embrace the scene in Bethlehem, we will find it impossible to be quiet. We will be compelled, just as the shepherds so long ago, to share the news that He has come!

So, come and see once more today, then go and tell just as the shepherds did. I encourage you to do this and to start doing it today.

Tell me the story of Jesus,
Write on my heart every word;
Tell me the story most precious,
Sweetest that ever was heard.
Tell how the angels in chorus,
Sang as they welcomed His birth,
“Glory to God in the highest!
Peace and good tidings to earth.”

- Fanny Crosby

I love to tell the story
of unseen things above,
of Jesus and his glory,
of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story
because I know it's true;
it satisfies my longings
as nothing else can do. 

-K. Hankey

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