Think of the stories that have endured through the ages. They’re the ones told from one generation to the next because they resonate with us in such deep, meaningful ways. They inspire us. They give us hope and strength. We see ourselves in them because they move us.
From his birth to his death, the story of Jesus was one that compelled those around him to retell their experiences with him. The gospel story is often referred to as the “good news” but as Christians, we know that it is actually the best news. It is a story that moved those closest to it and continues to resonate with us today.
The birth of Jesus is the beginning of the greatest story ever told. Go Tell It On The Mountain speaks with a sweet simplicity in the third stanza: “Down in a lowly manger/The humble Christ was born/And God sent us salvation/That blessed Christmas morn.”
The wise men came to hear it and spread the word to foreign lands. The shepherds were so moved by what they witnessed that they ran and told everyone who would listen. The Gospel of Luke reads, “When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” (Luke 2:17-18)
We can tell how much we are impacted by the Christmas story by how much we share the story. After all, we continue to share stories that have truly moved us day after day. Perhaps this season is about realizing once again the incredible story of the birth of Jesus in a fresh way – one that moves us to share with the same wonder and energy who were on the scene in those early days.
It is this same Jesus who left his followers with the words, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
We are called to share the greatest story of all. This Christmas season, may you find yourself moved once more by the ultimate gift of love and share the joy with others.