Luke 2:8-14

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“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘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. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ 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.’” Luke 2:8-14

A quiet night, on a quiet hillside, outside a quiet little town, a flock of sheep were grazing in the fields or sleeping or baaing at the moonlit sky, simply doing their ordinary sheep thing. Their shepherds were watching and guarding and protecting, simply doing their ordinary shepherding thing, when suddenly everything went from very ordinary to very extraordinary. Don’t you just love the “suddenlies” in the Bible? They show up and the most beautiful events suddenly take place.

At first there was one single angel who broke into the night sky terrifying the daylights out of those shepherds. How graciously he announced that they need not be afraid and then he delivered the most amazing message. “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you.”

One angel was overwhelming, but then suddenly he was joined by a multitude. Never having actually seen an angel, I have to wonder how incredible one would be, followed by the entire host of heaven. Think about it, which heavenly messenger would have wanted to stay behind for this event? And that multitude of the heavenly host was all praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Exactly how big is a multitude? How many angels filled the sky? We don’t know, but out on that Bethlehem hillside the night sky was no longer dark. The Light had come to the world and mankind would never be the same. It took a multitude to praise God for it.







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