This is a republish of an NCFI Cares for Christmas from December, 2015. Enjoy!
One of the amazements of the Nativity story is the angels’ announcement to the shepherds in Luke 2:9-15. I have taken creative license in imagining how the scene unfolded:
Heaven is buzzing with excitement. It is about to occur. Jesus will become human. Even though the angels are informed of this great mystery and the significance of salvation, they are filled with wonder and anticipation.
“How long does it take for a little human to be born?” one angel asks. “Why can’t God just make one, like Adam and Eve?”
“I can’t wait” says another. “There hasn’t been this much heavenly excitement since the creation of the Heavens and Earth and the miracles in Egypt.”
“Wait!” says a third angel. “What if the humans miss it? The wise men are on their way, but what if they are the only ones who come to see this miraculous event?”
“I am sure there will be other people who will come and worship the Son,” responds another angel. “After all, God has given them many signs of what to look for”
A shout arises from the angels, “It is time! Mary is giving birth!” An overzealous angel, unable to contain his excitement, bolts to earth. The angel finds himself hovering over shepherds in the field and at a loss of what to say or do. Uh, oh! The angel thinks, I have messed up!
Looking for a clue of what to do next, the angel notices the fear on the shepherds face.
“Don’t be afraid!” the angel nervously says. Trying his best to reassure the terrified shepherds. “Listen carefully” says the angel. His confidence is building and the words are flowing. Thank you God, I know what to say! So with renewed confidence, the angel continues. “For I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord.”
“This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” The angel notices the sky is suddenly filled with other angels and together they rejoice: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!”
The angel returns to heaven feeling assured knowing that all of earth, throughout eternity will know the significance of the Son’s birth!