The angels appear to three of the central characters of the Nativity drama: Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist, Mary and the shepherds. (The angel appeared repeatedly to Joseph in a dream.)
The angel appears to Zachariah, the most religious, during his priestly duties in the temple. It causes quite a stir to those praying outside the Holy Place as to “why he stayed so long.” His response to the angel is unbelief, for this he is not able to speak until John’s circumcision. Then he speaks!
Mary’s response after she understands the answer to her informational questions is one of acceptance, “I am the Lord’s servant, let it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1)
At first the shepherds are afraid but fear gives way to wonder as the angel unfolds the message that the Anointed one is nearby. Imagine, rough as a dry corn cob, shepherds being made privy to this wondrous news.
They are told where and when they can find the Savior of the world and how they will recognize him! The information is punctuated by a heavenly multitude, who proclaim, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” There is only one possible response for shepherds, “Let’s go..and see!”
Today, Jesus is more than the child in a manger, he is our Savior. He sends the Holy Spirit to heal us, help us, forgive us, and lift the burdens from our lives.
Share: Share with a friend a time when you just “went and saw” or time when you did not know why God was calling you somewhere, but you just went.
Encourage: Encourage someone who you may know who is wrestling with just “jumping in” to go all in if they truly believe God is calling them there.
Inventory: Has there ever been a time when you did follow through on something God was calling you to do because of fear? Reflect for a moment.