16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.
18 And all those who heard it marvelled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
The gospel is the amazing news of God’s grace.
Luke describes how the shepherds, upon hearing the angels, ran with haste to see the Christ Child, and how enthusiastically they spread the news of His birth and the significance of His coming. Note how everyone “marvelled” when they heard what the shepherds told them.
The Greek word for “marvelled” is thaumazõ which means “to wonder, to be amazed”.
Ask yourself when was the last time you were truly amazed by the gospel? How has your appetite been whet recently to discover more of who you are and what you have in Christ? Or have you become dull of hearing to what the gospel has to offer you?
We can develop a sense of over-familiarity with the gospel that dilutes our relationship with God. It is like the florist who takes no notice of the sweet flowery fragrance in the shop. Or the travel guide who is no longer awed by the beautiful sceneries.
A blasé attitude towards the gospel will hinder your growth.
There is always something fresh in the gospel for you to learn and grow every day. It is wise to maintain a positive learning posture for God gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). It is to your own benefit to become acquainted with the gospel again and again. For it reveals what is in God’s heart for you in Christ, and what it is that He desires to do in your life.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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