Day 19. Angel Voices

This entry is part 19 of 23 in the series A Christmas Story Devotional

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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.”

Luke 2:8-12

I don’t know what I’d have done if I’d been a shepherd protecting the sheep from predators in the middle of the night, when an Angel of the Lord appeared and God’s glory shone around.  Yes, I think I would have been terrified, but what to make of the night shining like day and celestial beings hovering overhead? This was very likely going to be an epic night, but why here in the middle of a field filled with grazing sheep?  The glory and splendor of the Lord shining in brightness. The Lord Jehovah, the master, ruler and authority of the universe is appearing here, to the shepherds and the sheep?

What awe must they have felt as the angel tells them, “do not be afraid, I bring good news which will fill all people with great joy”.  Wow, this is big.  It is the work of the Lord.  “Lying over yonder is a baby who will bring the good news, the gospel”.

No kings or magistrates or honorary members of anything were present, just the common working man had the privilege of experiencing the heavenly announcement.  The first proclaiming of the good news with glad tidings.  Evangelizing angels announcing a birth which will bring salvation, not position.  The humility of Christ at the incarnation is the most beautiful gift ever to have been given.  He was wrapped in swaddling clothes on an ordinary night,  attended by stable animals, and seen first by lowly shepherds, not kings.

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.  Luke 2:21

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”Luke 1:30-33

This baby named Jesus would carry many other names as well. Do you know what they mean?

Messiah. Savior. King of Kings. Immanuel. The Lord. I am. The Word. The Lamb of God.  The Vine. The Deliverer.  The Living Water. The Bread of life. The Light of the World.  A Refuge. The Rock.  The Redeemer.  The Chief Cornerstone.  The Great High Priest. The Truth. The Holy One of Israel. The Head of the Body, the Church. The Lord of Peace.  The Prince of Peace.  The Judge.  The Lord of Lords. The King of Glory.

This humble baby came for you and me.  Not for a Hollywood premier, or the Super Bowl, the Academy Awards or the Nobel Peace Prize.  He came not to be honored by men, but to serve them with all the power of heaven’s army of angels and God the Father.

The angel’s said” do not be afraid”, so I’m asking you, “do you know him”? Have you come to look at the manger with shepherd’s eyes and found “the sign” in the feeding trough wrapped in swaddling clothes?

 

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Question (feel free to journal your answer here) Have you seen “the sign” the angels announced?  Do you call Him Messiah, anointed one? By what names do you know him by?

 

 

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May God bless you as you seek “the sign”, and begin to know all His names,

Laurie

 

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