by Darla Noble
Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will toward men.”
It’s been nearly twenty years since ‘that night’—the night a young college student from Iraq attended the walk-thru nativity our church did for the community each year.
Neil and Gwen, a young couple from our church, who were also college students, had invited him. He said very little while they were taking their “Journey to Bethlehem,” but as they left the stable (where I was stationed) after ‘meeting’ Joseph, Mary, and newborn, Jesus, he turned to Neil and asked, “Is this really true? Did all of this really happen?”
Neil said yes, everything he’d seen and heard this evening was true, but they weren’t done yet—that there was one more stop on their ‘journey.’
The young man’s face was a mix of excitement and confusion when he said, “This is amazing! I’ve never heard this story before—or about Jesus. I wonder why no one at home told me. We know God, so why don’t we know about His Son?”
The last stop was a scene with the cross, the empty grave, and Jesus giving His disciples the ‘Great Commission’ (Matthew 28:18-20). Neil and Gwen prayed as their friend listened and watched. They prayed for him long after that, too, and took every opportunity possible to share more of the truth of the Gospel with this young man.
He returned to Iraq a few months later, so I don’t know if he ever came to really know Jesus. But I do know this: you don’t have to be an angel to share the Good News of salvation through Jesus. I also know we need to share this news every chance we get because we never know when someone might be hearing it for the very first time.
Make me willing and able to share the message of hope and salvation with others.
Use me to bring people closer to You.
In the Name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.