It came upon a midnight clear…
We don’t know how the news would be announced in this day of 24-hour news channels, social media and internet bloggers, but 2,000 years ago, word of mouth was as good as it got.
A band of shepherds watching over their flocks near a little Middle Eastern town saw a great light, and a band of angels, who told them, “… Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke: 11-12).
Today the shepherds might have taken their cell phones and sent text messages to friends and Tweets to their followers. But back then they went to check it out, and found the baby Jesus, just like the angels told them.
Today, if this story made the news at all, reporters would question the shepherds’ sobriety, or find a psychiatrist willing to venture a theory on mass hysteria. After a couple of days, it would be forgotten as news of some other event or celebrity sighting grabbed everyone’s attention.
But back then the story was passed on, and grew, and as the baby Jesus grew to manhood and fulfilled His Father’s wishes, sacrificing Himself for us and overcoming death in the Resurrection, it became the biggest story of the past two millenia.
Today, we offer that good news again to our readers, and wish all a Merry Christmas.