God’s angels bring messages of many kinds. In this passage we learn that they seem to be equally terrifying to groups as individuals. Whether it’s the surprise of their arrival or the affect of their appearance we can’t be sure. The meaning of their words is our focus.
“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 of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ 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, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’
“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.’” Luke 2:8-15
The power of the ‘good news of great joy’ that is extended to ‘all the people’ is immeasurable. The first ones to receive it were simple men who tended flocks of wayward sheep. They recognized the Lord as the author of the message and responded with heartfelt desire to discover the promised Redeemer of Genesis 3:15, Celebrate 4.