SHOCKED INTO REALITY
Luke 2:9-14 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. “This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
People sing for all sorts of reasons. Some sing the blues, some sing about their dreams, and others sing about the great accomplishments of heros. In Mexico singers are hired to court lovers. But why are the angels singing. If you think about it, the angels were singing over these shepherds at their amazement at the grace of God being extended to sinful man. They were singing in stunned amazement that the object of their affections had actually become a man Himself. They were singing because this great king was showing His love to fallen man through this incredible act of humility. He had not only become a man, but He was being born to a young jewish girl in a manger. What an amazing picture, great is the mystery of the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Jonathan Edwards spoke about these singing angels in one of his first sermons, check it out.
“Let those who have been made partakers of this free and glorious grace of God, spend their lives much in praises and hallelujahs to God, for the wonders of His mercy in their redemption.
When you praise Him in prayer, let it not be with coldness and indifference; when you praise him in your closet your whole soul be active therein; when you praise Him in singing, don’t barely make a noise, without any stirring of affection in the heart, without any internal melody. Surely, you have reason to shout, cry “Grace, grace be the top-stone of the temple!”…
Surely, if the angels are so astonished at God’s mercy to you, and do even shout with joy and admiration at the sight of God’s grace to you, you yourself, on whom this grace is bestowed, have much more reason to shout.”
It is so easy for the indifference and apathy of the world and worldly people (not to mention apathetic Christians) to effect us. People express their emotions for touchdowns and bonus checks, how about some passion for the mercy and grace of God. Christmas is the celebration of God’s love displayed to fallen man by the birth of His Son. If that is the case, we need to join with the angels. Just as the shepherds were shocked into reality by the shouting angels, maybe someone you know will be awakened this Christmas by your singing and shouting for joy.