Barbara Higby

The Angel & the Shepherds

The Angels of Christmas #4

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 

It was a typical workday for the shepherds—leading sheep to water, corralling them to nighttime safety, keeping watch under the stars—until suddenly, it wasn’t typical anymore.

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 

Terrified indeed! Rapt, the shepherds listened to the angel’s words:

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” 

The scene defies my imagination, regardless of artistic representations—an angel appears to these lowly workers and God’s glory radiates around them. The visual wonder was enough, but the words… How much did the shepherds understand?

Don’t be afraid – I have good news – Joy to the world – The Savior’s born – He’s in Bethlehem – He is the Lord – The Messiah has come!

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 

The host of angels didn’t appear because one angel wasn’t enough for the shepherds—one angel wasn’t enough for the Savior. The event mankind eagerly awaited and angels longed to see caused them to burst from heaven with glorious praise, worship worthy of this miracle of grace.

And the shepherds? Though they couldn’t comprehend it all, they responded, and ran to Bethlehem to see the Babe.

Do not be afraid of the wonder and the glory, my friends! Don’t allow fear of fresh revelation or deeper worship hold back your unabandoned praise.

God is with you. He wants to reveal Himself to you. He has a plan. His angels surround you.

Scripture quoted from Luke 2:8-14

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