As we prepare for celebrating our Lord's birth, today's devotion is based on Luke 2:13.14: "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."
Of all the events in the Bible, I think I most would have liked to witness the night the angels appeared to the shepherds. To see the angel's announcement of our Savior's birth would have been fantastic for sure. But it would also have been great to see the shepherd's reaction The amazed expression on their faces. Their excited shouts of joy. Their adrenaline pumping as they ran off to spread the fantastic news.
Is that your reaction to Jesus? We are certainly tempted to take the message of Christmas for granted because we have heard it all before. It is easy to quickly forget the importance of what happened on that first Christmas. I imagine those Shepherds did not so easily forget what they saw.
God bless you as you worship your Lord and Savior tonight. May you also be filled with awe and joy that God kept his promises. While we were not there to see the angels, we can be just like those shepherds and spread the good news of our Savior's birth wherever we go.
Please pray with me; Dear Lord, like the shepherds, please fill me with joy at the birth of Jesus and move me to share the fantastic news of his birth. Amen.