16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child Luke 2:16-17 NIV
From the beginning of Jesus’ birth, three things occurred, an invitation to come and experience him on a relational level, an opportunity to be changed by the encounter, and joyful compulsion to go and tell about Jesus.
- The Shepherds were told about Jesus from Angels. Specifics were given for His identification. They were instructed to go and see this new born baby. Shepherds were invited to come and meet Jesus, the lamb of God.
- Do you know how to instruct people to engage with Jesus relationally?
- Christianity positions itself as more about a relationship rather than a religion – how do you share with others about a relationship with someone who is in heaven?
- Not everyone who encounters Jesus become His followers, but some do
- Encounters with Jesus are rarely neutral. One is drawn toward Him through love, or rejects His claim of Lordship over their lives.
- Jesus draws near to those who are broken, humble, feel they don’t deserve His love, classified as sinners, messed up really bad, nothing good to offer.
- Jesus stiff arms the proud, those who wish to save their own life, the hard heartedness toward Him, and those who are unwilling to give Him their heart of affection
- Sharing about your changed life is easy – when you have been changed by Jesus relationally.
- Start by sharing your own relational encounter with Jesus. The shepherds probably knew very little about Hebrew prophecy, but they were able to share about their encounter.
- What type of intimate encounter with Jesus would you like to share with a neighbor, family member or friend?
- How does Jesus interact with you in prayer, worship, daily life? Share this with one another.
- When a person is full of Joy, storytelling overflows.
Merry Christmas! May Jesus love you more and more at your point of need. Some are missing their family members this time of year. Jesus is alive and overcame death. He is alive today and desires to walk with you this Christmas.
If you get the chance, share the good news. Jesus is alive and He loves you. The shepherds told their story and somebody wrote about their experience. Personal storytelling encounters are the bread and butter of life with Jesus.
Blessings Love y’all