12 Christmas Characters: Angels

Welcome! In light of the holiday season, I wanted to share the Christmas story, but I didn't want to look at in the traditional way. Christmas isn't about Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, it is about the birth of Jesus. By Christmas Eve, I will focus on 12 people surrounding Jesus' birth and their role in the story. I welcome your thoughts and hope to express why I love Christmas so much.

Angels visited many of the characters in the Christmas story. The angel Gabriel visited Zechariah and Mary. An unnamed angel visited Joseph. A host of angels also visited the shepherds. Angels were clearly God's messengers to humans before he sent the Holy Spirit (Acts 2).

I love the message the host of angels brought to the shepherds. One angel made an introduction and told the shepherds to fear not. He also delivered the news the Savior had been born and they could find the baby in a stable. Once he said this, a "great company" of angels appeared and they praised God and said:

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests (Luke 2:14)

As I was writing this post, I was struck by the second part of their message. God's favor rests on mankind. Wow. What a remarkable message: the goodwill, kindness, and approval of God is on man. How can we respond to such news? We can know that He cares about us. It is in this precision, He sent Jesus to be our Savior. All we have to do is open our hearts and believe the message the angels brought, the Savior of the World was born!

For more on this story, see Luke 2:9-14