Thursday, December 22, 2011

They Saw the Light - The Shepherds

Come into my heart
Come into my heart
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus
Come into today
Come in to stay
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. 
What a glorious night!  What a glorious display of glory!  The heavens burst forth with sound, light and song!  The darkness was pierced as the multitude of heavenly hosts declared the birth of their captain - Jesus, the Lord of Hosts.  The single flame of a candle will cause the deepest darkness to dispell.  How much more on this night was the darkness overcome by the Lord of Glory.
“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  "And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger."  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:  "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men" (Luke 2:8-14)!  
Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o'er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation's story,
Now proclaim Messiah's birth:
Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King!
“So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us."  And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.   Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.  And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.   But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.   Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them” (Luke 2:15-20).

And this glorious revelation was made to those considered the lowest class of citizens.  From heaven above to earth He came.  He came to the lowest people in the smallest of towns to reveal the greatness of His glory, power, might and love!

In the midst of darkness, the shepherds saw the light.
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