Wow, what an entrance the Father gave Jesus when He sent Him to this world! One of the most visually spectacular miracles in the Bible is noted in Luke 2:13,14 (KJV) “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 towards men.” Many believe that the heavenly host consisted of thousands of angels appearing in the heavens to those shepherds who were watching their sheep on that hillside that night.
Possibly a few campfires were kept going to warm their hands on and to help ward off unwelcome critters from attacking the sheep, gently lit the area. All of a sudden, the midnight sky lit up like the bright of day as the glory of God shown round about. A ginormous number of angels, in perfect harmony, sang praises to God and made an announcement to the World. It was the greatest proclamation ever made, the greatest announcement ever issued, and the best news ever expressed by any form of God’s creation; “On earth peace, good will toward men!”
The Hebrew people had been waiting for over four thousand years for the promised Messiah. Through one hundred generations of Hebrew time, from Babylonian captivity, through Roman oppression, they had watched, they had prayed, they had hoped. Can you imagine what little Sarah was saying to her mother? When’s Messiah going to come mommy, when’s Messiah going to come? Why is Daddy a Babylonian slave Mommy?
Through Egyptian slavery. “What are those cuts on your back Daddy?” little Noah asks, “Why are those taskmasters so hard on you? Daddy tell me again the story, When is the Messiah going to come and save us? When is He going to come?” They watched, they prayed, they hoped, they believed against hope. For over four thousand years, and one hundred generations of Hebrew time they waited.
Seven hundred years before Messiah arrived the prophet Micah had prophesied that the Messiah, when He came, would come from Bethlehem. “But thou oh Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have bee from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2 KJV)
It’s possible as Christ’s arrival neared, the young prophets were saying, “Watch Bethlehem, watch Bethlehem, when the Messiah comes he’s coming from Bethlehem. Perhaps just like today, when prophetic insight came to praying godly individuals, nobody wanted to listen. However since God always has a remnant, perhaps there were some who had not given up hope and were still watchful.
World history pivoted on what was about to happen. BC would soon become AD. It was the age of the mighty Roman Empire. In the heavens a cataclysmic shift in divine influence began to unfold. A gift of grace was about to be poured out on all the earth.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Nolan Harkness