And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
The shepherds were told that something amazing had happened, so they hurried to Bethlehem to see it for themselves. Jesus’ birth was a singular event, a one-time thing, an amazing miracle where God came to earth in the form of a human baby. The shepherds’ response was first to tell everyone about it so others could know that Jesus was born and a Savior had come to Israel. We, too, can tell others all about Jesus, who He is and where He can be found.
In response to the shepherds’ news, the people wondered at those things. They were amazed and in awe that such a thing could be so. Angels had been singing. A Savior was born. It was truly a wondrous night in Bethlehem. And may we never lose the wonder of that momentous occasion. It is truly amazing that God would come to dwell among us, that Jesus would be born to grow up to be our Savior, to die for our sins and give us new life.
Mary quietly pondered all these things that were happening. And the truths of Jesus and who He is and what He’s done are things worth thinking about. May we be willing to spend time pondering and meditating on what Jesus means to us, on the amazing person that He is, on the amazing things that He’s done, and the hopeful future that we have because of Him. May we keep these things close to our hearts and allow them to sink in deep.
Finally, it was something to rejoice in. The shepherds went away glorifying and praising God for the wonderful things that had happened. And may we continually rejoice in the working of God, the great things He does for us, the wonderful truth that we can know Jesus for ourselves. It is worth taking time to tell others about Jesus, to wonder at the amazing truth revealed to us, to think about Him, and to praise and glorify God that He sent His Son into our world to be our Savior.