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An Active Christmas Faith

They made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child. Luke 2:17

The faith of the shepherds produced action. St. Paul says, “The kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power”. 1 Corinthians 4:20. So also here. The shepherds do not only say, “Let us go and see!” but they actually went; indeed, they do more than they say. For the text says, “They went with haste”. This is more than just going as they had proposed to do. Faith and love always do more than they actually propose to do, and whatever they do is always something living, busy, active, and abundant.

A Christian must be a man of few words, rich in deeds. He proves himself such if he is a true Christian. If he does not prove his faith in deeds, he is not yet a true Christian.

The Shepherds also confess and openly proclaim the word which was told them concerning this child. This is one of the most important duties in Christian life. One must risk body and life, property and honour. For the evil spirit does not launch such a heavy attack against correct belief and a good life in secret, but he will not abide it I we venture forth to spread the faith, confess, preach and praise it for the sake of others. So Luke says here that the shepherds not only came to see something, but they also made known what they had heard on the field, not only before Mary and Joseph, but before all men.

LS.XI.149.18-19

PRAYER: Grant us the joyful faith of the shepherds, O Lord, that we may go forth as witnesses, confessing you and your salvation to all our fellowmen. Amen.

Dr. P.D. Pahl Luther for the busy man 38

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