What a night that must have been!
Shepherds, minding their own business in the dark, watching over their sheep on a hillside outside of Bethlehem.
Suddenly the night sky is lit up by an Angel from God!
They had to be shaken!
But the Angel had not come to bring them to fear, but to tell them about ‘The Promise’ that had finally come true! The Virgin had been with child, and had now given birth!
This was big news! HUGE!
The Messiah had come—and not like they had expected. In fact, He was laid in a manger…a cattle trough! The Savior of the world came in the most humble way, and was announced to the most humble group of people—shepherds.
When the Angel finished delivering the news, the sky was filled with them, praising God…then they left.
The Shepherds were certainly not going to waste any time—they hurried to Bethlehem!
There they found Mary, Joseph and the Baby, just as the Angel had said.
They bowed down to worship Him, then rose and went on their way—sharing with anyone who would listen about the AMAZING things they’d seen and heard!
It was, indeed, a Glorious night!
Sometimes we get so ‘familiar’ with the Christmas story that we forget how history-shattering it was.
We yawn and move on.
But we shouldn’t. The fact that the eternal Son Of God left heaven to come to earth, and that He did so with one main purpose—to give His life as payment for our sin, then to rise again, conquering the grave is astronomically amazing and stupendously stupendous!
Who can we tell about it today?
If you haven’t done so yet, read Luke 2:8-20 and try to read it from the perspective of the Shepherds.
What do you think they’d feel? What would they think?
If you were there, would you have gone to Bethlehem, or stayed behind with the sheep?
What do you think would have been the most amazing part of the story for them?
Watch “What a Glorious Night” by Sidewalk Prophets