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Angels Proclaim Great Tidings of Joy

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 by Velta Thomas, 2016


Inspired by "Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing"Lyrics - Charles Wesley, 1739

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Luke 8: 8-12

God could have sent his angel to reveal this incredible announcement to the kings and queens and the highest priests in the land. Instead, God sent the angel to speak to humble shepherds. Shepherds were not considered important people; however, they were very important to God. God cares who people are and not what people do. The shepherds had great faith and love in their hearts, and those qualities are what God honors most in people.

The shepherds were prepared to deal with wolves or robbers trying to steal their sheep, but they were shocked and scared by the angel’s appearance. The Shekinah light of God shone all around the angel. It must have been a frightening sight because the angel told them not to be afraid.

He tells the shepherds the most joyful news! The birth of the baby Jesus who is the greatest gift that God could ever give us – so great that the heavens burst open and a legion of angels begin to sing and proclaim the Messiah’s birth.

Why do you suppose that God chose a few lowly shepherds to be the first human beings on earth to hear this news and to spread the news of Jesus’ birth? I believe that God was showing us that there is no one too insignificant for Him to use for the glory of His kingdom. Therefore, how much could He likewise use you to spread the good news that Jesus has come so that we may have everlasting life?

Velta Thomas, 2016
Expressions Writing Ministry




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