I love reading the Christmas story, especially in Luke 2:8-20 where we read about the Shepherds who are watching over their flock, then an angel of the Lord appears before them and it says in Luke 2:8 “the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.” It wasn’t given to the religious élite but to these common shepherds, they were the ones to see King Jesus first. I know what you’re thinking, wasn’t it the wise men that saw the birth of Jesus first?
No they came two years later and they saw Him as a Child, not a Baby, in a house, not a manger.
9 After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Matthew 2:9-11
Every year when I see people set up their nativity scenes, I always have to say they are a couple of years away, but they are placed over baby Jesus because they match the set. Oh well, maybe next year we’ll get it biblical right and match the bible!
Getting back to the Shepherds and the glory of the Lord, can you imagine what they were thinking? It says that “they were terribly frightened” and why wouldn’t they be, it’s not everyday you see the angle of the Lord is it? But wait, there’s more to come, they get to hear about the “Good News of great joy”
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Amazingly as that sounds, the best part of this proclamation by the angel for me is what happens next!
13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14″Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Luke 2:13-14
The skies opened up with a literal army, thousand upon thousand of heavenly host are praising God, Can you imagine that scene?
Gloria in Excelsis Deo which means “Glory to God in the highest, we sing it every year at our Christmas Eve service. God coming in the flesh is not something that happens quietly, nor should it be! It is proclaimed from the heavens and should be by us also. It ends with “ on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
So who are those that He is pleased with?
Those who repent of their sins and place there trust in this savior God, the Lord Jesus Christ who lays in the manger. So this year when you look at the manger scene and see little baby Jesus, that’s God in that manger, that’s the Savior of your soul, that’s the same God who was nailed to that tree for your sins, 2 Corinthians 5:21 who took the wrath of God for you.
Be one of those who He is well pleased and believe!
It’s God in that manger
It’s God on that tree
It’s God who saves
Repent and believe!
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Gloria in Excelsis Deo