8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
I imagine the shepherds scattered around the field, protecting the flock, caring for them. When all of a sudden the sky becomes so bright that it is like day. Like right away, not gradually. No dimmer switch. Like BOOM! Spotlight!
Can you remember a time when you were afraid? I mean really afraid? I thought about a time when I was afraid. I remember feeling a heat flash through me, followed by a chill and my feet felt rooted to the floor. So I was reading this passage, and thought about how I stumble around in the house when it’s dark bumping into things, even with the glow of the alarm clock or night light, and how I know what it is like being outside with a full moon and walking around…but just imagine….going from dark to light…suddenly…I would be terrified!! How about you?
Good thing then, words of comfort came…..
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
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 favor rests.”
Another sudden, but glorious thing for the shepherds to experience! First the sky became bright…now a heavenly host appearing and praising God! WOW, can we even begin to think about what this would sound like?
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.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
I bet they hurried….
17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Just as they had been told. God’s word is true. A Savior, for all people. Good news, indeed!
I’m going to think about the shepherds that night the next time I am in a dark room and turn on the lights and my eyes blink to adjust to the brightness…then I’m going to turn them off again….just imagine!!