Luke 2:13,14--Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors!
You are lying down and it is dark outside. The air is cold as winter has arrived. But under the warm wraps of your thick comforter you are ready to fall asleep after another long day. Outside your window a star catches your attention. But is it a star? Strangely it appears to be getting brighter, closer, with a cosmic twinkle you’ve not seen before. This is no plane or satellite in motion. The flight is too fast, the light too brilliant. You think of The Night Before Christmas that jolly story of Santa. But this is real. Suddenly you see angels bursting into triumphant formations and the most gorgeous music you have ever heard radiates through your wide-awake body. They are proclaiming the birth of Jesus.
“Wait!” you cry. This event already happened. Shepherds told their friends, family and even strangers all the things they had heard and seen that blessed night outside Bethlehem. They glorified and praised God just like His celestial choir. So what gives? Why would God send His faithful to inspire what already transpired?
Just as quickly as they came they vanish. You rub your eyes and pinch your arm to make sure you’re not dreaming. You dash from window to window looking for angels. But they are gone. Now sleep will not come. “God am I hallucinating?”
Then a voice firmly speaks across your heart chamber. “Go!” Again it reverberates only louder, “Go!” As if a gentle breeze parted the thick fog, you understand. God sent the angels to announce His Son. They were otherworldly. Jesus was born and raised the Son of Man—He was otherworldly. I placed my trust in Him and His Holy Spirit lives within me. I am otherworldly!
There won’t be angelic singing above Bethlehem. Jesus will not walk the streets of my town. He doesn’t need to—He has me. I am the one commissioned to share the joyful news. My lungs should expel the divine words with every other believer, “Joy to the world, the Lord has come; Let earth receive her King.”
So are you singing? A weary world wants to rejoice—go be God’s messenger! And tell the most incredible story with renewed enthusiasm to those who thought Santa was the point. After all, the star that led the way never did stop shining. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
Those who live otherworldly in this world are the men and women who have been regenerated and who dare to live their lives according to the principles of Jesus.—Oswald Chambers in Biblical Ethics
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)