Think of that black night outside of Bethlehem. There hadn’t been a prophet in Israel for over 400 years (the 400 silent years). Darkness was more than what you could see with your eyes.
For those who believed the promises of God regarding a coming Messiah, their hope that this prophecy would ever come true was dwindling…and yet, somewhere in a deep part of their hearts was the faint glimmer that maybe, just maybe soon, Messiah would come. It was time. It had to be!
Out in the dark, on the fields, shepherds were watching their sheep. They were sitting around a fire, no doubt, talking about their mundane lives. Suddenly, there was a fearful brilliance! It was an angel.
Can you imagine the terror? A bright angel standing there in the darkness? It’s no wonder the first thing said was, “Don’t be afraid.” Me afraid? You bet! Don’t be afraid? Of course, I’m afraid!
“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born today in the city of David (Bethlehem) a Savior, who is Christ, the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
Their mundane worlds had been transformed! The promised Messiah had come. Light had transformed Darkness.
Suddenly, the sky was alive with the brilliance of angels saying,
After all those years of silence, these angels are bursting with the news they had been wanting to tell! Christ has come! Emanuel: God with us. This is a joyful day!
Can you imagine the mixture of emotions the shepherds must have felt? Terror, fear, wonder, mixed with joy, delight and amazement! Could this be Messiah for whom they had waited so long?
With all these heavenly messengers making the announcement, it had to be! Had the Promised Messiah finally come? Why would they tell us? We’re not prominent people. For now, that was not important.
The shepherds hurried into the crowded city to find out where the baby was. Finally, they found Him…in a manger! Not the place they expected the Christ to be.
But they told Mary and Joseph what they had seen and heard. As they returned to the fields, they worshiped God. What an amazing night!
Because of the tender mercy of our God,
Whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:78-79
How has Christ’s coming been like sunrise to you?
What has the Light of Christ brought to your world that makes you pause and thank Him?
**My imagination was stimulated by Kent Travis in Sunday School Sunday!