Luke 2: 9-14
And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."
Fear Not! Today I bring you tidings of great joy! Aren't those fabulous words? I greet you with happiness! There is a baby born in Bethlehem. You have to go find him, tho. I can't tell you exactly where he is. Hmm. Why do you suppose that God made the shepherds go search for the baby Jesus? Probably to see if they would actually take the time to look? Isn't that what God wants from each of us? To take the time to look and seek him? Isn't it more meaningful if we go looking for something, than if it just appears out of nowhere?
Until this morning, I really hadn't thought a lot about the words of the angel. It's cute when a little child plays the part in pagent or play. But the words that the angel said to the shepherds can apply to us today. Don't be afraid! I am giving you a greeting that will make you glad! Then that angel was joined by a choir of angels, a lot of them! They started praising God. That sound might have been the most beautiful sound heard by men. I can not wait to hear it for myself. So today, think about praising God for Christmas, and not grumbling that there is only 8 days left.