In this exciting season of celebrating Christmas, joyful music is in the air. Many may casually hum along, walking through department stores, completing their Christmas shopping, but do we pay attention to the lyrics of these Christmas songs? Have you ever actually listened to the lyrics of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”? Sometimes, we can be humming along and not even realize what is playing in our midst. What exactly does “hearken” mean? According to Dictionary.com, it means listen. Angels are calling attention to all those present because they are delivering a message. Luke 2:8-13 reveals what this exciting message is,
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.””
Think about this! Imagine you are a shepherd just quietly going about your life, tending your sheep, in the middle of the fields, at night, and suddenly the heavens rip open. This something that not only you’ve been doing for all your life, but generations before you had done. It’s at that point we all figure we got this thing figured out. What can and cannot happen. Yet, all they knew was about to be shown to be very little. The night’s sky rips open showing angels harkening. What was once a dark night, where the stars of heaven could clearly be seen, now the entire sky is emblazoned with the glory of God emanating from the angelic host that is now declaring a message directly to you! This is what we are celebrating this moment! There was 400 years of silence from the voice of God. BUT SUDDENLY! This is what The Chosen declared in their phenomenal rendition of this very moment when the shepherds in the field were awestruck at the Good News that was being declared to them.
We take it so lightly when we sing a nice Christmas song. This was a momentous occasion! God had sent His angels to declare to the world that His Son, Jesus Christ, who takes away the sins of the world, had just been born! Now THAT is headline news! He lived a sinless life, He was tempted in every way, but didn’t sin. He was crucified for our sins so that we could have a relationship with God the Father! This is what John 3:16 is all about! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Don’t be surprised when you see darkness increasing across the land in America. Satan understands that his time is getting short and he is doing all that he can to distract people from the Good News of Jesus Christ. Remember, Jesus is coming back! There is going to be an appearing in the sky when Jesus calls His Church home, into heaven, to be with Him, FOREVER! THIS IS GOOD NEWS! THIS IS WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT! If you want to know more about God and find out how you can know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, go to Know God. We have wonderful things waiting for you there that will bless you on your adventure to Know God.