First published by Bett Harris on Medium December 17, 2021
That glorious night
On the night Jesus was born, to shepherds in the fields not far from Bethlehem, the Bible states, “an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them” (Luke 2:9, NKJV); “…an angel of the Lord appeared in radiant slender before them, lighting up the field with the blazing glory of God” (Luke 2:9, TPT); and “Then all at once in the night sky, a vast number of glorious angels appeared, the very armies of Heaven” (Luke 2:13, TPT).
It must have been a spectacular sight
Yes, God had shown His glory and splendor on other occasions. The burning bush comes to mind when God spoke to Moses; also, Jesus’ baptism when “the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’” (Matthew 3:16–17, NKJV); and of course, the awe and wonder on the mount of transfiguration when, with Jesus, Elijah and Moses appeared to the disciples, Peter, James, and John. Again, God spoke saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” (Matthew 17:5, NIV).
Though these appearances of God brought the attending audiences to their knees, the light show on the night of Jesus’ birth, for some reason, strikes me as a spectacle like no other.
I can only imagine
Fill your minds-eye with the word pictures used to describe the scene that night; “the glory of the Lord shone around them”…no doubt like a super-bright spotlight that could be seen for miles around; “radiant splendor…with the blazing glory of God”.
I can only imagine how magnificent this display must have been to the shepherds. In my opinion, God was throwing the biggest celebration ever held in all of history.
I can’t get the image out of my mind.
I can hardly wait
I wish I could have been there to witness and take part in the wondrous festivities that night. My only comfort comes from knowing I’ll see even greater things when I celebrate with these very angels in Heaven.
My Lord promised He’d return for His Church one day, and usher us into Heaven with Him. On that day, I’ll sit elbow to elbow with these heavenly hosts. I’ll share stories with Noah, Moses, Elijah, Abraham, Joseph, David….oh my, I can hardly wait.
Until then, I’ll be grateful to share the wonder and glory of God vicariously through these saints as they tell their stories in the Bible. Ultimately, I’ll be face-to-face with my Lord and Savior one day soon.
Oh, what a glorious day that will be.
That night, in a field near Bethlehem, shepherds were watching over their flocks. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared in radiant splendor before them, lighting up the field with the blazing glory of God, and the shepherds were terrified! But the angel reassured them, saying, “Don’t be afraid, for I have come to bring you good news, the most joyous news the world has ever heard! And it is for everyone everywhere! For today in Bethlehem a rescuer was born for you. He is the Lord Yahweh, the Messiah. You will recognize him by this miraculous sign: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in the feeding trough!” Then all at once in the night sky, a vast number of glorious angels appeared, the very armies of heaven! And they all praised God, singing: “Glory to God in the highest realms of heaven! For there is peace and a good hope given to the sons of men.” (Luke 2:8–14, TPT)
I pray every one of you are touched deeply with the love and glory of Jesus Christ.