“And in that vicinity [Bethlehem] there were shepherds living [out under the open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flocks by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them…suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven (a heavenly knighthood) praising God saying, Glory to God in the highest [heaven] and on earth peace among men” (Luke 2:8-14 Amp).
Shepherds abiding and watching their flocks witnessed a frightening appearance that blessed holy night. Mingling heaven and earth an Angel of the Lord stood before them announcing good tidings and great rejoicing of Messiah’s birth, “Do not be afraid; for behold I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all people” (Luke 2:10 AMP).
Out-streaming glory shone brighter than gleaming stars enrapturing ragamuffin herdsmen. Awe, fear, surprise and an uncanny hush came upon the sheep-men receiving news of Israel’s long-promised Savior. Cloaked in magnificent brilliance, the angelic message echoed through the expanse urging them to seek Infant-Christ.
Reaching Bethlehem’s stable, the shepherds found Virgin-Mother, a lowly carpenter and a Babe laid in a manger “For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord! [Micah 5:2)” (Luke 2:11 AMP).
Revealing Christ’s birth ‘first’ to poor, ceremonially unclean peasant-caretakers means everyone’s welcome, wanted, invited and loved---rich, poor, educated, uneducated, old, young, etc.,
Jewish author Alfred Edersheim relates perfection in God’s Promise, “In a mantle of Light, heaven took up the strain of ‘glory’; earth echoed it as ‘peace’ and fell on the ears and hearts of men as ‘good pleasure’. Glory to God in the Highest---And upon earth peace---Among men good pleasure! That on such a slender thread, as the feeble throb of an Infant-life, the salvation of the world should hang!”
Entering darkness wrapped in swaddling cloths,
Hanging naked defeated the cross
Dying, resurrecting, soon-coming Conquering King
Shekinah’s dazzling glory!
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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