Christmas Characters: The Angels
Suggested reading: Luke 2:8-12
Have you ever seen an angel? I don’t mean a child who is a “sweet angel.” I am talking about the messengers from God. If you have, I would love to hear about your experience. I haven’t seen one myself. The shepherds did. One moment they were alone in the darkness and then there was an angel with them. They were terrified. The scriptures tell us the angel appeared and “the glory of the Lord shone around them.” They weren’t expecting this life-changing experience.
The angel addressed their fear and then gave them God’s message. It was a wonderful, glorious, life-changing message. A Savior has been born—to them, to us, to everyone. The long-awaited Messiah has come. A multitude of heavenly host—other angels—joined the first. The angels gave praise to God, the one who sent them to tell the shepherds the wonderful news. Luke doesn’t describe how the angels looked or how they got there. A description is missing. The angels are important to the story because of who sent them and the unique message they delivered.
The message was told to Luke and he recorded it for us “to hear.” He recorded the message of good news that is given to all people. Luke shared the message so that we can focus on it and who sent it. He shared it so that, like the shepherds, we can tell others what the angels said. God says a Savior has been born to you, to everyone you know.
Now it’s your turn to be the messenger. Who are you going to tell?