[CF Devotionals]2012-12-28 - Whadduh?

Whadduh? We say this in a lot of different ways. A lady I know at work in her very high pitched, very Texan deep-south accents says, "What the crap?" My four year old son simply says, "What the?". I on the other hand often say, "What the front-end loader?" It is something I stole from an episode of Transformers animated a few years ago. No matter how it is said, the meaning is universally a question denoting surprise and lack of understanding. The first Christmas over two thousand years ago was filled with its share of "whadduh" moments. We’ll find one in the second chapter of Luke.

Luke 2:8-18 (NASB)
  1. In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.
  2. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone a round them; and they were terribly frightened.
  3. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
  4. for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
  5. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
  6. And suddenly there appeared with the angel a  multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

  7. “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

  8. When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”
  9. So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.
  10. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.
  11. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.

Guys, especially ones out by a campfire in the dark, like to scare one another. I don't know but I kind of think these guys might have been like guys today so here they were trying to scare one another and suddenly an angel appears out of nowhere. One of the shepherds had a malfunction requiring an undergarment change. Then as the shepherds get over this shock and listen to the words of the angel, thousands more appear out of nowhere. Following another undergarment change, they listen to an angelic choir sing God's praises.

In this Whadduh kind of moment we can learn a few valuable things from the shepherds about the good news of Jesus Christ. First, it is worth checking out. The shepherds heard the angel share the news and they decided it was worth investigating. It was worth investigating right then not some time later. Second, the news is worth getting excited about. They came in a hurry because they were excited about the possibility. When it became a reality, the excitement grew and they shared their tale with everyone their then rushed off to share it even more. Third, the news is worth sharing with others. Something this great must be shared.

The shepherds came. The shepherds saw and worshipped God face to face with a baby. Can you imagine staring into the face of a little child and realizing that it is God. Can you imagine holding the creator in your arms when he holds the universe in his hands? Lastly, the shepherds left and told the story that they knew. We don’t have to know the whole of scripture just tell what you know. Tell the news you heard, how you reacted to it, and how it has changed your life.

IHFHBOH
Adam

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