“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!”
- Angels from the Realms of Glory
“But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:20
Angels were sent by God throughout the Bible to act as messengers. They delivered messages to ordinary people who were to become important characters in the Christmas story. It was important for them not to just hear the messages, but to really listen to it for the sake of His plan.
An angel spoke to the shepherds in the field that night to tell them where to find the newborn king.
An angel spoke to Zechariah to tell him Elizabeth would have a son, and to call him John because he would be a great joy to many.
An angel spoke to Mary and told her she had found favor with God and that she would give birth to the son of the God Most High.
An angel spoke to Joseph and told him not to be afraid to take Mary for his wife.
The common thread in all of these is not that the angels themselves, but their messages. Each one of their messages those many years ago echo into one profound one today – a message delivered to each and everyone of us. The angels are singing their message to us: “Come and worship …come and worship…..worship Christ the Newborn King.”
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” John 4:23
Lord, I give You all of my praise and worship. Help me to listen for Your message above all the noise of this world. I worship Your holy name, Lord. Amen.