Luk 2:8 And shepherds were living in the same region, staying outside and keeping watch, proctecting their flock at night.
Luk 2:9 And an angel from the Lord stood near them, and the impressive appearance of the Lord blazed around them, and they reacted with tremendous fear.
Luk 2:10 And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, because notice, I am bringing good news to you of tremendous joy — intended for all the people:
Luk 2:11 because today in the city of David, a Savior was born for you. He is Christ the Lord.
Luk 2:12 And this will be the proof for you: you will find the baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”
Luk 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the sky army, praising God and saying,
Luk 2:14 “God in the highest place gets the praise, and peace has come to the land for the people he is pleased with.”
God’s proof for you
The angel of the Lord lit up the sky with the impressive appearance (glory) of God. His presence instilled fear in everyone who saw him. He even had to calm people down when they saw him, or they would not even be able to listen to the good news he was proclaiming. But he was not proof that the gospel is true.
The sky army of angels also lit up the sky with God’s glory, and thundered praise to wake the sleeping sheep, and overwhelm the shepherds with their majestic chorus. But the sky army was not proof that the gospel is true.
God’s proof came as an infant, wrapped in strips of cloth, and lying in a feeding trough. It came as a preacher, teaching love and loyalty, and demonstrating both. It came as a sacrifice, dying on a cross he didn’t deserve, demonstrating grace we didn’t deserve. It came as a resurrected, glorified king, promising to return to raise those who believe him. Jesus is the proof that the gospel is true.
LORD, we accept the proof of your promise — your only Son, and our Saviour.