Gossip is idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others. There was nothing private about the birth of Jesus. Shepherds were in a field; minding their own sheep, when an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them. They were shaking in their sandals; as they heard this most important announcement.
Take note that every time an angel appears with a message for a mortal man, the first statement he makes is, “Do not be afraid.” This angel messenger spoke the greatest message the world has ever heard. He did not go to the kings in the land but to humble shepherds. Shepherds were not held in high esteem, so why would the angel of the Lord personally appear to men of such low estate? God Himself sent this angel to shepherds because He knew they had ears to hear the message and He knew they would “gossip” this gospel message.
One angel summonsed a multitude of heavenly hosts that were praising God and saying, “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men.” Can you imagine hearing myriads of an angelic choir praising God, for all to hear? I wonder how long this amazing beautiful sound; filled the whole area above Bethlehem? I also wonder how far and wide it was heard; on this night of heavenly celebration, in honor of the birth of the Christ child?
I love the Christmas song, “Go Tell it on the Mountain.” These shepherds made “widely known the saying told to them concerning the birth of our Savior.”
Make widely known the greatest news you have ever heard. God implores you to gossip this gospel message.