Can you imagine an entire army of angels, singing songs of praise to announce the birth of the Savior? Maybe if you did actually see such a miraculous sight, your friends and family might have you admitted for psychiatric evaluation. Think of the star of Bethlehem and the brilliance of that beacon of light. It extended for miles and miles to other countries. It was so bright it lit the entire sky. Angels appeared in the heavens and sang with an orchestra unmatched by any on earth. The shepherds were shocked and afraid. Yet their ears were witness to the most spectacular sounds they had ever heard.
Angels played an important part in the Christmas story. Music has always added to the magnificence of a massive production. This event went far beyond human comprehension. In the very beginning of this epic story, we see angels coming to various people to bring them news about the coming Messiah. Messengers from heaven – the Angel of the Lord and an entire cast of heavenly beings was summoned to share this amazing event. In each case, they comforted those they appeared to with words to ease the shock. “Do not be afraid!”
I believe the same thing will happen when Jesus returns to us. There will be angels then too. We will be told not to be afraid. Imagine how that might sound today in a world so full of anger, hatred, violence, slander and malice, How many of us will be shaking in our boots at the thought? After the initial shock wears off, the truth will sink in. The Lord will return in great majesty to judge the world. Are you ready? Does the thought of Christ’s return frighten you? When He came the first time, the angel said, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy.
Let the angels’ comforting words fill our hearts with longing for His return. His birth was just the beginning. His childhood found Him doing His Father’s work. His ministry was filled with hope and promises fulfilled, along with unexplained miracles. His death was His gift to us as He carried the sins of humanity to the tomb. His resurrection is the completion of His earthly mission. Jesus was born to live, to die and to live again. Because of that, we will sing along with those angels someday. Praise His holy name!