Luke 2: 8-14 ” In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. “This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

Heralding Angels

One of my favorite Christmas carols is “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.” In creating this colorway, I thought about the newly born baby- Jesus. How amazing it must have been to be there for that event. Those shepherds were out at night tending to their sheep. Just an ordinary night, like any other.

Then all of the sudden, an angel appears. Now the pictures we see of angels make them look sweet an innocent. The Bible actually portrays a different picture. The angels are fierce and fiercely serve the Lord. They are his bodyguards. They are strong and mighty and crazy looking. (See Cheribum and Seraphim for more descriptions.) No wonder the shepherds were afraid.

But this angel calms them and brings them extraordinary news. The news they’ve been waiting for ALL their lives. The Jews had been awaiting the birth of the Messiah for generations. And here they were, being told by angels that He was born!

And what a sound they must have heard! I love listening to amazing choirs. The sounds of the voices harmonizing and coming together to make beautiful music. And here, this choir is a heavenly choir, singing praises to the Lord. I bet these shepherds were just in awe, and got a tiny glimpse of heaven. They heard a bit of what it is like to be surrounded by angels singing praises to the Lord. What an amazing time. And how awesome it must have been to see the Christ as a baby.

I found this link to the background and history on “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.”  It tells all about the theology behind it and each part has a verse listed.  It is really neat. I hope you enjoy it.