And the shepherds returned glorifying God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them (Luke 2:20).

The silent night is fading like the darkness against the brightening eastern sky. As the sun rises, the shepherds begin their return to their sheep. It had been an eventful night for them – the angels, the announcement, the walk, the stable, the manger, and the Baby. There in the manger was a baby boy wrapped in strips of cloth, just as the angel had told them. It was all there, right in front of them.

Now it came time to return back to the sheep, back to their daily lives. What impact did this announcement have upon them? They told all that would listen that the Savior had been born. They proclaimed the words of hope and life. They glorified God for all of it.

Christmas Day for you. The message is for you, today. The Savior has been born. He is Christ the Lord. He has come to save you from the depth of your sin. The silent night may be gone in the mayhem of the day, but the message remains the same – For to you is born this day…a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).

Merry Christmas!