A band of angels gathered together and spoke in excited whispers. This was the night all of heaven had been waiting for. The night that Jesus would become mortal for a time, the night he was to be born to Mary in Bethlehem. The search for the family who would be the Lord’s parents had been an important task. The parents had to be very special, yet not of noble birth. Mary and Joseph were chosen for their devotion to God and their loving hearts and would be good parents. Even in their excitement, though, the angels did not know everything God had planned for his only Son. If they had, their demeanor would have been very different. None of them knew of the pain they would feel a few decades later as their precious Jesus hung on a cross while they stood helplessly by and watched the agony. Every fiber of their being would ache to rescue Him and escort him safely to Heaven. Forbidden to do so, they would be able to do nothing but watch and wait for God’s plan to unfold.
Like the angels, none of us knows what life will bring, what happiness and sadness. We do know, however, that God never leaves us. He is always there to comfort and to strengthen us. The angels knew that God was with Jesus as they prepared to announce to the world that its Savior had come. He would bring light into the darkness and a path to the lost. Jesus would literally turn the world upside down!
As the time drew near for Jesus to be born to Mary, the angels’ excitement grew. God had instructed them to seek out the humblest of mankind and give them the Good News that their Messiah would be born that night in Bethlehem. He would be placed in a manger of straw, not in a fine palace with soft linens.
The angels announced the Good News to local shepherds who were watching over their flocks. They protected the sheep and kept them from getting lost. Jesus would be the Good Shepherd for mankind, showing love and offering protection to all who believe in Him as the Son of God and Son of Man.
Yes, the angels knew that Jesus had a large assignment on earth. It would be a difficult struggle, to say the least, but worth the effort.
Suddenly, from a humble dwelling in Bethlehem, the angels heard a baby’s cry. Jesus was born! The Messiah had come! The angels spread their wings and sought out the hopeless and the lonely. With an angelic song, they proclaimed the Good News! Jesus Christ is born! Alleluia! All praise to the newborn King!
Luke 2:13-14 “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.”