Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | December 13, 2008

The First Christmas Rush

   Luke’s Gospel records the account of the first Christmas rush (Luke 2:15-20). Immediately after the announcement of the angels, the shepherds hurried off to Bethlehem. Although Bethlehem was a small village, the shepherds still had to search in order to find Jesus. But, they eventually found Him lying in the manger. Sadly, today’s Christmas rush has little or nothing to do with searching for Jesus. People incessantly rush about looking for bargains and gifts. However, if people fail to search for and find Jesus, then they will have missed the best gift of all — the little baby who grew up to become the Christ of Calvary, who alone makes it possible for sinful people to be reconciled to a holy God.

   The shepherds were not the same after they found Jesus. Things are never the same after people truly encounter Him. These ordinary men could not keep silent about what they had seen and heard and unwittingly became the world’s first evangelists. Their first priority after seeing Jesus was to spread the news about Him. Jesus is at the center of the good news. We tend to talk about everything but Jesus. We should instead talk about why Jesus came and how wonderful He is and how He has the power to change lives. Christmas is a great time to make Him the topic of our conversations.

   The shepherds talked to anyone who would listen to what they had to say. Those who heard their impassioned testimony were amazed. On my first trip to Bangladesh in 1999, I showed the Jesus Film in a small village using a portable DVD player. The people were amazed by the technology but even more amazed by the story of Jesus. Many wept, others asked if the character in the film was really Jesus, and others remarked that they had never seen nor heard such a wonderful message. Some who hear the story of Jesus will respond with amazement. Others may dismiss the message and some may even threaten the messenger. However, regardless of how people respond, we must continue to tell His story.

   What an unforgettable night it had been for the shepherds. After finding the baby and telling others what they had been told about this child, these men returned to the fields outside of Bethlehem. They glorified and praised God for what they had heard from the angels and verified with their own eyes. These shepherds will never be forgotten for starting the Christmas rush. Let’s remind others that Christmas is about searching for Jesus, celebrating His birth, and telling His story. He is the best gift you can give and receive this Christmas.


  1. Omar,

    I have been reading your post ‘The First Christmas Rush.’ I am taking notes some of these. Mostly, I am reading through the verses that you have given in the post.

    Dhaka, Bangladesh

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