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.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel…” We hear that line of scripture every Christmas; it is very poetic BUT have you ever really considered the sight those shepherds saw and experienced? A GREAT COMPANY of the heavenly host; not just one angel or a couple, but a crowd….a mass body of heavenly beings!!!!!! I think that would be something that I would have to talk about A LOT! I imagine that I would have had a hard time moving on from that spot after being a witness to a heavenly host. I would have been asking everyone around me, “Did you just see what I saw? Were my ears playing tricks on me or did I really hear them singing?” The thought may have been, “We should just build us a camp and stay here in case they come back. I want to experience that again!” BUT what did those amazing shepherds say? “Let’s go…”
The shepherds did not get tripped up by the experience but listened to the experience that promised a bounty of blessing. The angels returned to heaven and the shepherds headed for Bethlehem, “Let’s go!”
I want to be like those shepherds that move on from glory to more glory.
Christians, we must stop trying to duplicate in worship and in life, but move on to Bethlehem to see the Lord. Our worship, our lives, should always be in motion towards the Lord. The shepherds knew that the experience of the host of angels was only a direction sign pointing the way to the ultimate and eternal Experience, Jesus Christ the LORD.
p.s. 39 years ago today I gave my life to the Lord…..what a ride it has been!!!!!