Monday, December 6, 2010

Seeing is believing!

Has anyone ever told you something so incredible and unbelievable that your only response was, "I have to see it to believe it!" Many of us choose to not believe in things that we just cannot see.

Seeing something makes it alot easier to believe.

Recently, I was at Walmart and as I turned down the cereal aisle, I couldn't believe what I saw! or I should say, who I saw! Right there in the middle of the aisle stood an old friend that had moved away a couple of years ago. I was completely amazed to see my old friend in a place that I least expected it!

The amazement that overwhelmed me must have been what it was like for the Shepherds on the day an angel appeared before them. Afterall, who would have thought that right in the middle of the field, an angel would appear? Their amazement and curiosity must have been what caused them to hurry up to Bethlehem.

LUKE 2:15-17 "So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, 'Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.' (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."

It was easy for the Shepherds to believe, because they saw with their own eyes. They saw the angel. They saw the star. The saw the stable. The saw Mary and Joseph. The saw Baby Jesus. But what about those that the shepherds went to tell about what they saw ... they did not see with their own eyes.

How much more difficult was it for them to believe?

Most likely the people gathered around and began to chatter among themselves. Whispering things to one another about the shepherds and what they were saying. The crowd probably separated into two different groups... the ones who believed and those that did not believe.

Isn't that just like our world?

We have believers and unbelievers. For those of us that believe, it is because we have seen the hand of God; His love, His grace and His forgiveness. Those that doubt and don't believe just haven't opened their eyes and their hearts to see what is clearly right before their eyes... The Hope of Salvation!

The angels asked the shepherds to follow them to see something amazing...I wonder, would you follow someone who you physically could not see, but yet promised to lead you to something amazing?

That is exactly what having faith in Jesus Christ is like.

Seeing is indeed believing!

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