“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, goodwill toward men!'”
Luke 2:12-14, NKJV
There was all the potential for a silent birth scene. Mary and Joseph quietly going through the birth of the King of the Universe…in total obscurity…in a stable. The birth of any other earthly king would have been announced by heralds in the streets followed by a festival of great celebrating. Not in the case of the King of Kings, however.
But there was great celebration. It was not really a silent night. As the shepherds stared at the dark night, an angel suddenly appeared to announce the birth of all births. First one angel to herald the news. Just one initial announcer so as not to scare the shepherds. Then right behind that herald angel was a multitude of the host of heaven.
A multitude means “many.” The “host of heaven” refers to the angels of the King’s heavenly army…one-hundred-million strong. (Revelations 5:11) From one angel starting the announcement of the King’s birth, to the skies filling up with perhaps millions upon millions of angels. What an announcement!
Two worlds came together that day: the spiritual realm and mere humanity. Mankind was silent that night, except for a few shepherds. But the armies of heaven were beside themselves with the celebration and announce the birth of the King. They were boldly heralding in the greatest gift ever given.
Mankind got distracted and missed celebrating the opening of the Greatest Gift. They just went about their business that day. The host of heaven made it their business and celebrated the giving of The Gift.
QUESTION: Which group do you want to be a part of this Christmas Eve? If you do not get focused on the right celebration, you will get too busy and distracted. Do not miss it. Join the angels and shepherds this Christmas. What special way can you celebrate the birth of the King today?