An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:9-14
I have always empathized with the shepherd boys. Going after a stray sheep was perhaps the highlight of their day. They sat and dreamed with all the other shepherd boys. They dreamed and talked about their families, their jobs, and what it all meant. They weren’t well educated but they still could dream.
So, an angel appeared and God’s glory was revealed, and they were scared out of their wits. These boys would certainly have something to talk about for a long time!
But this sign they talked about, “a child in rags laying in a trough.” God had sent a messenger to tell us that? Really?
That’s when heaven opened up and the angels sang. I’m certain it isn’t what Paul describes as a “joyful noise”, but something entirely majestic.
If the angel of the Lord (which many believe to be the pre-incarnate Christ) didn’t get the shepherds’ attention, the noise and brightness did of the host of angels did!
And what was their assignment? Go see the kid. That’s it. Nothing more was required of them.
Our assignment each day isn’t all that different if you think about it: Go see the Son.