Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

Luke 2 (NIV)

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.


dogear6 said...

I was thinking about the angels this afternoon as I was walking. Can you imagine how terrified the shepherds must have been when first one angel appeared and then a whole host of them?

But in our day of special effects even on a simple television show, can we imagine the terror this would bring or have we become indifferent to miracles such as this?

I couldn't make up my mind. I cannot imagine being so unknowing as to be terrified, yet I can more easily imagine the story playing out because of what I see in the media.

Have a Merry Christmas and thanks for the blog.

Joyce said...

dogear6, I've always thought the angels must have been terrifying, and that we always depict them in a way that looks too human. All the descriptions in the Bible cause people to fall on their faces in teror. It's always made me wonder what they REALLY looked like. I'm not sure I want to find out.

Donna said...

We had a man in our church who claimed that an angel came into his hospital room and told him he was going to recover (which he did). Our pastor asked the man what that was like and he said, "Oh, it was terrible! I hope nothing like that ever happens to me again in my life!" Which made the pastor think that maybe the man really did see an angel!

Thanks for your comments, dogear6 and Joyce. It must have been incredible!