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.
And suddenly there was with the angel . . .
by Ruth Stafford Peale and Norman Vincent Peale
One of the most vivid and beloved passages in the Bible is the one where the heavens themselves seemed to explode with joy on the night Christ was born.
Shepherds tending their flocks were startled by a radiant burst of light as "an angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them" (Luke 2:9). Understandably, they were terror-stricken, but once again the angel spoke his reassuring words: "Fear not." Then he gave them the "good tidings of great joy" that have been at the heart of Christmas ever since.
But the shepherds weren't content merely to be told about the Savior's birth. They wanted to experience Him for themselves, and that is what they did, coming "with haste" to the manger where the baby lay (Luke 2:16).
Is there a message for all of us here? We think there is, and it is this: Don't be satisfied merely to hear about Jesus. Arise and seek him yourself. Go in search of Him "with haste" until you stand in His Presence, and then when you have found Him, tell others about your discovery, just as the shepherds did.