8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
It is impossible for us to imagine life without Christmas. But for the shepherds on the hillside that night there was no anticipation of the Christmas morning for there was no Christmas. Christ, the single One reason for Christmas, had not come yet. There was no Christmas Eve and no Christmas morning. But that night, as they were doing their job of tending their sheep, they enjoyed the first Christmas Eve.
It is also impossible for us to imagine an angel in the sky hovering between heaven and earth and speaking directly to us. But the marking of the first Christmas Eve was just that. For while ordinary men were doing ordinary stuff an out-of-the-ordinary event took place. The angel was speaking directly to these shepherds proclaiming the coming of the Messiah, the promised King. They knew the prophesies and so the message was received.
We cannot begin to imagine the next part of the message when the sky lit up with angels, a multitude of the heavenly host. What must that have looked like? These ordinary men are now certain that a most extraordinary event was taking place. But these angels were not there to tell the shepherds about themselves and their glory but to tell them about Jesus and His glory. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
As we enjoy Christmas Eve, let us take time to worship the Lord Jesus. Let’s place ourselves, as much as possible, in the shepherds sandals and enjoy the awe of that first Christmas Eve but let us not stop at the angels but follow them to the worship of the newly born Savior.
I am so looking forward to our Christmas Eve service tonight. We will continue our December theme, “At the Name of Jesus… we worship.” Join us for an hour of worshipping the Savior, the Lord Jesus.
Do you know anyone who is in need of a Christmas dinner? We have some food available and would like to put it to good use. Contact me today and we will be sure to get it out.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS