Day Twenty-Five: The Angelic Announcement
December 25, 2019
By Sandra Snell
By Sandra Snell
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 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.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:13-20 (NIV)
As we have finalized the preparations for the blessed coming of our Lord Jesus, the day of celebration has finally come! Let us pause and reflect on the reason for rejoicing with renewed vision of the mystery, majesty, and holiness of God.
God Himself has set the meticulous timing and entire scene. He disclosed His plan to all who have earnestly sought Him throughout history so that we would know that this baby is the fulfillment of His Word.
This passage of scripture unveils an extraordinary, and yet most unlikely, birth announcement because this is no ordinary child. God’s firstborn Son is here! Heaven has come to earth! God is with us and will live among us, as one of us.
While we witness other angelic encounters throughout the Bible, this one is unmatched. As if it were not enough for one angel of the Lord to appear to the shepherds and proclaim this supernatural birth, we then read that “a great company of the heavenly host” appears with the angel to join in the celebration!
Imagine an angel appearing to speak a message from God to you…and then, as you’re trying (unsuccessfully) to process this, a whole host, an army of supernatural beings from heaven suddenly appears! This is a heavenly choir singing and declaring truth right before your eyes! Yet they are not the focus of our attention — they are worshiping the holy One God sent from heaven.
While this angelic birth announcement may be beyond our full understanding, we can grasp that this is what humankind has been waiting for — that we could be at peace with God. The Prince of Peace from heaven has entered into our earthly realm, and Jesus, the Son of God, will grant peace to all who believe and follow Him.
The lowly shepherds believed, then acted on their faith. They immediately went to Bethlehem to see what God announced to them – we’re told they “hurried.” These shepherds were guided by God to the very place where Jesus was. God is still guiding us to Jesus (see John 12:32, 16:13). Everyone who believes what God has spoken will hurry to see, know and worship Jesus the Messiah.
When the shepherds saw baby Jesus and told Mary and Joseph the marvel of the angelic birth announcement, they were blessed! Likewise, as we follow Jesus, we will be blessed and treasure up the mysteries of God in our hearts.
After Jesus died and was resurrected, He sent His Holy Spirit to live with us and in us to daily guide, help, encourage, and empower us. Oh the glorious mystery of Christ in us, the Hope of Glory (Colossians 1:27)!
This is the reason for praising and rejoicing – not just on Christmas or Sundays, but every day. Let us rejoice that Jesus has come and His Spirit is still here with us, alive in us! To Him be all the glory! Merry Christmas!