They Spread the Word

Stan Mast

READ : Luke 2:16-20

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what they had been told about this child. (v. 17 NIV)

The dear Christ entered into human hearts, and in a little over 300 years, he had conquered the empire. It was no longer Caesar who was Lord, but Jesus. Our re-reading of Luke 2 reminds us of how that happened. The shepherds went and saw and spread the word. They returned to their lives praising God for the Christ. So it was with Mary and the magi and the apostles. For all of them, Christ became the focus of life, and the world was changed.

Whenever people actually believe that Jesus Christ is Lord of all, their lives change dramatically. If we believe that this baby is the king of the universe, we will react to the realities of twenty-first-century America in a different way. We won’t worship human power, or fear it. We won’t look on money as our savior. We won’t think of government as the answer, whether it’s big or small. We won’t trust either the democratic or republican vision for America. We won’t think that higher or lower taxes, more or less military, better education or unfettered science will ultimately shape our future. Jesus is Lord.

We will still be grateful citizens of twenty-first-century America (or wherever we live), but we will not be guilty captives of its excesses and idolatries because our lives are liberated by “the Good News of great joy that is for all the people” (Luke 2:10 NIV).


O God, help us to be different citizens because Christ is truly Lord. Amen.