March 02 2018

Angels:

Luke 2

Glory in the Highest

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold,an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him,they made widelyknown the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

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God chooses Mary and Joseph. And then births the Savior through their obedience.

Now what?

Look at us, we don’t even have a place at the inn.

Where are you taking us from here?

God sends His reply through the angels.

Interestingly, the angels didn’t show up visibly at their doorstep.

The Angel sought the shepherds who were guarding their sheep at night.

What a beautiful picture of love!

Shepherds guarding their sheep at night. They take care of what belongs to them. God, the Father, is the good Shepherd. He’s got a brilliant plan to restore the world.

In the beginning, God created the garden and wanted man to take care of all things with love.

We’ve forgotten that and that’s why Rachel is still weeping for her kids that she has lost in the crossfire.

Damascus burned in the past, how can it still continue to burn?

We love our cats and our dogs, chicken plays the piano and parrots talk along. Lions return to hug their beloved masters, and a little birdie hops on to the shoulder of a man driving his car!

But…

How come we don’t love man created in the image of god?

We debate endlessly while Job is ripped apart by the devil.

Thankfully, God is the ruler, the creator of all things.

I am the good Shepherd and I lay my life down for the sheep said Jesus.

We were created to shepherd the things He has given into our hands.

When we do that, the angels show up to deliver the good news.

He makes us part of His plan!

Suddenly, we are not just shepherds wandering in the dark. Angels arrive to be part of the divine mystery. They sing in our presence and then they tell us where to find the Messiah that we are looking for.

So,

Dear shepherds taking care of your flock,

Do not be afraid when you are walking through the dark valley.

God is with you.

His rod and His staff will comfort and protect you from the hidden dangers.

God sees you.

He sees the pain you endure as you serve your loved one who’s lying in the hospital bed.

He hears the prayers of Hannah that Eli can’t hear.

He knows your tomorrows and the bills you’ve got to pay.

He knows about the opponents that are there at your work place.

He hasn’t forgotten your prayers for the lost.

He doesn’t look away when you are tossed.

He is walking upon the water to meet you where you are.

The Lord’s face shall shine upon you. In the dark.

The wind and the waves can’t touch you anymore.

If you think you are sinking, do not be afraid; the Lord your God is mighty to save. His love never fails.

The righteous shall never be forsaken in His kingdom.

And if you are praying for your loved ones to know the Lord, do not be afraid, God has sent His angels to guard all their ways.

God will show up in their midst and they will know the truth and the truth will set them free.

And yes, the angels are with us! Let’s join the choir and sing ‘joy to the world.’
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14

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