He [Simeon] turned to Mary and said, “This child will cause the rise and fall of many in Israel. He will be a sign from God that many people will oppose. As he reveals the thoughts of many hearts and pierces our own soul like a sword” (Luke 2:34,35 Eyewitness).
Eyewitness: Luke 2:1-35, Eyewitness p. 25,26
In your Bible: Luke 2:1-35
Old Testament and New Testament prophets foretell the appearance of Jesus the Christ – the Messiah. It’s an amazing story, we’ve read and heard. But understand, at the announcement it’s not just an angelic chorus, it’s a multitude of angels singing. That’s a whole lot of angels singing praises to God.
Angels Visit Everywhere
- Gabriel visits Zechariah to announce that his childless wife would have a baby
- Gabriel visits Mary to assure her she was favored of God and would (though a virgin) bear a son – Jesus
- An angel visits Joseph to comfort him and tell him to marry his betrothed – Mary
- An angel tells the shepherds the Messiah is born
- A multitude of angels glorify God at this news
This announcement by Gabriel astounds the shepherds. That night, [of Jesus birth] in a nearby field, shepherds watching their flocks were terrified when an angel appeared in a brilliant light. “Do not be afraid,” the angel said. My good news will bring great joy to everyone. Today in the city of David, a savior has been born, the anointed Messiah” (Luke 2:8-10 Eyewitness).
Suddenly a host of angels appeared, praising God and singing, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, and good will toward men (Luke 2:13,14 Eyewitness).
Shepherds Tell Everyone
The shepherds went to Bethlehem to find the baby the angels had revealed to them. After seeing the baby, the shepherds told everyone what had happened. All who heard the story [of the heavenly angels, announcements and choir singing] were amazed (Luke 2:17,18).
The importance of these visitations by angels of God struck a new note with me. (1) They came at God’s appointed time and (2) FEAR was the first reaction by everyone present. Everyone who saw the glory of God felt awesome fear. What a blessing for mankind. Ponder this! Selah.
Prayer: Father, thank you for a host of angels who brought the words of encouragement. They still bless us today.
Questions: What new insights come to you as you read this passage of Scripture? Put yourself in the sandals of the shepherds and those who saw the Messiah in the manger. Can you grasp the joy and glory God reveals in birth of this baby?
* Photo courtesy of 1st-art-gallery.com Fred Morgan