“Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord.12 This is how you will know him: You will find a baby wrapped in pieces of cloth and lying in a feeding box.”
13 Then a very large group of angels from heaven joined the first angel, praising God and saying:
14 “Give glory to God in heaven,
and on earth let there be peace among the people who please God.”
Luke 2:11-14, NCV
How very busy things get. Think of it, shepherds are meeting singing angels who are meeting people. It must of been a bit of a zoo! It’s verse 13 that, ‘a very large group of angels’ made their entrance that night. History is being made, no doubt. And these are not quiet, or stoic angels, they are large and musical and filled with much joy.
And as happy as this angel-crowd gets, it doesn’t phase them that the God in heaven, now in human flesh has been born in a manger. Every angel, and almost every person sees this too; that this is not the place to have babies! Angels being angels, I kind of think they were not thrilled with the hospitality shown to God. (They probably said some ‘un-angelical’ things under their breath).
So, you see this swarm of angels descend on the Nativity. And they are ecstatic, belting out at the top of their lungs, songs of worship and praise. The squalid environment isn’t a problem for them at all. The cow manure, sheep feces, filthy straw can all be smelled, but that means nothing at this moment.
Friends, my heart is very much like this dirty stable. Everything is so filthy, and the smell makes my eye’s water, and the flies are thick and intrusive. It is all so sad, and pathetic. There are many others with clean, white hearts, why should He choose my heart to abide?
The choir is singing now, and I think I missed my cue. But all of them are in deep, wonderous worship. They belt it out with the enthusiasm of rabid fans at a NFL game. But I examine my heart, I see so many issues, some things that are actually destroying me. But the angels, well, they just keep singing.
I know Christmas is still several weeks away. Yet this is the time to prepare for a special holiday in your heart. May this year be the most meaningful time you’ve ever had.