Luke 2:13-20 (NIV)

13 “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”


what a sight this must have been! This heavenly host singing and praising God! These shepherds were men of action! Hearing the message and after a quick committee meeting, they go to find the baby! Finding him just as they had been told. Meeting Jesus caused two things to happen: they tell everyone about the child; secondly they return to work praising God for all they have seen and heard!  Encounters with Jesus cause these responses!