Giving Praise to God!
Luke 2:8-15 NLT
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Reflection . . .
The story of the Shepherds hearing about the birth of Jesus the Messiah by the angels. What a glorious scene! Hardly imaginable! Tonight, Christmas Eve many will focus on something special. Many will focus on family, friends, gifts, and perhaps even the peace and joy of the season, but how many of us will spend much time focusing on Jesus Christ, the one to be worshipped, honoured and adored?
Like the Shepherds, will we be eager to go to the Lord and spend time in His presence in praise and awe of Him? Will we leave the “trappings” of family, gifts, and all the sentimentality and commercial celebration of the Holidays to focus our attention on the Lord Jesus Christ? If we do, we’ll be changed for the better, even transformed by Him!
Let’s go see . . . the Lord!