Angel Travelers on a Mission

Christmas Travelers

Annunciation to the Shepherds

Did you ever try to imagine what it was like in heaven when Jesus was born on earth? We have no idea how much the angels understood about God’s glorious provision for man’s salvation, but they were heaven-dwellers who lived in Jesus’ company. Even with limited understanding they must have sensed something big was happening—something earth-shattering. At the climax of this world’s history, the angels were sent on their greatest mission yet, as told in Luke two. An angel traveled to earth to deliver the most significant message of all time,

“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.”

The angel’s astounding, earth-changing news could not wait for Mary to recover, for Joseph to notify family, or for the shepherds to prepare. This good news of incredible joy happened that day—same-day delivery before the days of internet, texts, and tweets. They declared it in the heavens, proclaiming to men the Messiah had come!

Heaven and earth had waited long enough and now “the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman” (Galatians 4:4). The angel traveled to earth to announce the birth of the long-awaited Messiah, and he didn’t come alone.

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.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Lord, fill us today with unrestrained angel-like joy that impels us to declare the Christmas message to the common shepherds in our lives. And let our praise be glorious!

For fascinating reading about what could have been Heaven’s perspective, I highly recommend The Birth by Gene Edwards.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Pelliccio
    Dec 06, 2018 @ 16:13:52

    Oh Barbara, thank you for these words which sent goose bumps up my arms and made my eyes tear at the joyful picture it created in my mind.

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  2. Barbara
    Dec 06, 2018 @ 16:53:39

    Then you must read Gene Edward’s book, Ellen! Thank you so much for your comments.

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  3. Susan Panzica
    Dec 06, 2018 @ 17:02:05

    Hi Barbara! I think of this often – heaven and the angels’ declaration. I even wrote about it 8 years ago! When I looked up the post (which had been on my old Blogger blog) to share with you, I saw you were mentioned in it!! Ever the inspiration ;D Thanks!
    http://susanpanzica.com/rejoice/

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  4. Carol L. Brix
    Dec 11, 2018 @ 20:28:46

    The angels, how many, how long, wings, no wings….so many questions, but praise for the new born KING! Thank you for this. Blessings.

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