Luke 2:8-15; The Desire of Ages, pp. 43-49
We worship God when we sing joyful songs of praise.
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people” (Luke 2:10).
Do you know why many people celebrate Christmas? What do you think it was like when Jesus was born? We don’t know what it was like, but we know heaven rejoiced. So much so that the angels came to sing. Perhaps it happened like this . . .
It’s time! The time has finally come! Jesus is born!” one excited angel bubbled with joy.
“But do you see? Hardly anyone is paying attention,” added another.
“The priests in the temple continue to sacrifice the lambs,” said another. “But I don’t think they know what that means.”
“I wish we could tell them that Jesus has been born,” added another angel. “I just want to shout: ‘We have GOOD NEWS for you! Your Savior has been born!’ “ The angel choir knew what they would sing. They were ready to tell the world about Jesus. It was almost time for their special concert. Tonight! Tonight they would sing. And all the world would remember it for years to come. Jesus, the Son of God, had come to this sin-filled planet to be born as a baby. They would tell the world.
Angels had been watching people on earth. They saw the priests in the temple. Those men were supposed to know about the Savior’s birth. Prophets had told about it for years. But those who had studied their prophecies weren’t even thinking about it. The greatest event that would ever happen on
No, most people in the temple didn’t remember. Or maybe they just didn’t care. But a few people who lived near Bethlehem cared. At that very time a few shepherds were gathered on a hillside watching ing their sheep. They were among the few who knew it was time for the Savior to come.
Soon the command rang out, and the angels hurried to take their places. In the middle of the night Gabriel* led them to the skies above Bethlehem. There they waited while Gabriel spoke to the shepherds. Then the angel choir would sing.
Suddenly God’s glory lit up the night. The shepherds in the field were terrified!
“Don’t be afraid,” Gabriel announced. “I have good news. This very day, your Savior has been born. You’ll find Him in Bethlehem wrapped in soft cloths and lying in a manger.”
Immediately the sky was filled with shining angels. The angel choir joined Gabriel, filling the night with the most glorious music ever heard. “Glory to our God. The highest glory to Him. Peace has come to earth. God has sent His best gift to humanity.” On and on they sang, as they slowly went back toward the heavens. Still stunned, the astonished shepherds watched.
Filled with awe, one shepherd finally found his voice. “What are we waiting for?” he asked. “Let’s go to Bethlehem to see this babe the Lord has sent.”
And they soon left that hillside to go in search of the Saviour of the world—a baby, lying in a manger.
Did you know that the angels are still singing the glory song today? Our hearts can overflow with that joy of worshipping Jesus too. Like the angels, we can worship God in song.