“Come; See For Yourself” (Luke 2: 16 – 20, ESV) by Carley Evans


When I get good news, I want to share it.

So it is with the shepherds who rush to find Mary and Joseph in the nearby manger, seeing that the Christ child is born just as they were told by the angel.

The shepherds worship God, praising Him for His gift of salvation in progress.

Then, they go out to tell others of the good news. This is a natural inclination of people — the desire to share the good we have found in our lives. The best sharing is that which emerges from within; not an artificial trumpeting, but a soft voice saying, ‘Look here at what great event has happened among us! Come and see for yourself!’

‘Jesus is born!’

“The Sign Of God’s Favor” (Luke 2: 11 – 14, ESV) by Carley Evans


The baby in the manger is the sign from God which Israel awaits. Prophets through the ages are speaking of this event, and when it comes an angel announces to shepherds that in the city of David, the Christ is born.

The good news is for the world, but specifically for men and women upon whom God’s favor rests.

Some protest that God should not show favor, but He has from the beginning. He favors Mary to carry the Christ child; He favors Joseph to be Jesus’ earthy father. The angel appears to specific shepherds in fields nearby. Jesus Himself chooses the twelve disciples from among many others.

And, all know that Israel is God’s chosen nation, which emerges from one man, Abram who is also chosen by God from among others.

The baby in the manger, wrapped in cloths, is the sign of God’s favor not only to the Israelite but to the Gentile beyond.

And suddenly with the angel is a heavenly host praising God.

“Should Not Shepherds Feed His Sheep?” (Ezekiel 34: 2, ESV) by Carley Evans


“Should not shepherds feed the sheep?” asks God. “The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought.” (Ezekiel 34: 3)

After breakfast, Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love Me more than these?” When Peter says that he does; Jesus commands, “Feed My lambs.” (John 21: 15) He asks Peter again if he loves Him. And Peter replies, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” Jesus tells Peter: “Tend My sheep.” (John 21: 16) A third time, Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him. Here Peter is hurt. Peter responds, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You.” Jesus says, “Feed My sheep. Follow Me.” (John 21: 17, 19)

Paul writes to Timothy, “From childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3: 15)

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3: 16)

Paul tells Timothy to “preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort WITH COMPLETE PATIENCE and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4: 2)

“The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden form His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4: 12 – 13)

Peter says to Jesus, “Lord, You know everything.”

Jesus says, “Feed My sheep. Follow Me.”