Advent 2018

Day 19. Angel hosts

Advent 2018 - Day 19. Angel hosts
Wednesday 19th December 2018

Luke 2:13-15

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.” 15 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.”

The darkness of the Judean hillside is lit up by the appearance of a great angelic choir, messengers sent to herald the birth of the Saviour. Their song breaks the stillness of the night, first in praise of God for his act of mercy in sending the Son, and then in proclamation of the peace the Child will bring to earth. Once their job is done they return to heaven again for they do not want to be a distraction to the shepherds who now decide together to do the unthinkable—leave their flocks and head off into town to see the new born King. Such is the drawing power of the Saviour. Perhaps you have known that attraction too, the pull of a Saviour’s love calling you to worship him? Sometimes there are things we too must leave behind if we are to follow his call, but whatever sacrifice is needed, it will be worth it just to find him for ourselves.

Glory lights up the skies around Bethlehem and night becomes day but still you allow them the freedom to respond, LORD. Thank you that I always have the freedom to go towards the Saviour. I pray that others may want to come with me on the way to see you.


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