A swoosh of cool air raced across the grassy fields. Darkness was coming upon them, and the chill of nightfall was quickly approaching. As the sun made its colorful exit behind a far off mountain, the stars began to speckle the sky like little white snowflakes landing on a blue frozen pond. The scene was nothing out of the ordinary for these shepherds[LM1] had spent many evenings out in the icy night air ensuring that their sheep had the protection and provision they needed to stay alive and healthy.
This night, however, was beginning to show something new and majestic. A star, one like they had never seen before, was making its grand entrance. The illumination of this celestial object was bright and brilliant. The light shown in the sky and the shepherds were in wonder of this great and glorious sight. Suddenly the light they were gazing at in the sky began to illuminant around them. They were surrounded by such a penetrating light that they were forced to shut their eyes in an attempt to protect themselves from this magnificent radiance.
The shepherd’s hearts began to pound within them, and they were immediately wet with the sweat of fear. They wanted to run, but they were frozen in their place. They could not speak nor could they move, sealed in place from their tremendous terror. Then, just when they thought their lives may be required of them on this cold and dazzling night, their eyes opened and they beheld the most glorious scene they had ever witnessed. An angelic being stood before them, a creature they had only heard rumors of. Immediately, the angel of the Lord spoke saying, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, good will toward men.”
The shepherds were overwhelmed with the celestial army. The number of angels in their presence was so numerous they could not be counted. One could compare them to the number of “stars in the heavens”. They knew they were standing in the presence of greatness, and a supernatural strength consumed them. They were without fear. They immediately started on their journey to find the Christ child.
Today is your day to receive your strength from the Holy Spirit. Today you are asked to “fear not” and to start your journey to find the Christ Child. Search for Him today, and you will find him.
Quote your Sword today from Joshua 1:9
I will be strong and of a good courage; I will not be afraid, neither will I be dismayed: for the LORD my God is with me wherever I go.
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