And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them … (Luke 2:8-9)
Already angels have figured prominently in the birth story of Jesus. The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce the birth of the Son of Man and she was the one favoured to be his mother. An angel appeared to Joseph to inform him of the circumstances surrounding his fiancé’s pregnancy and he was to continue with their betrothal, but not to sleep with her.
And here in Luke chapter 2, an angel appears to shepherds.
In the Old Testament, angels often appeared to people for various reasons. Theologians say even Christ himself appeared as the Angel of the Lord.
But with the birth of Jesus Christ, we no longer need angels to make pronouncements. God speaks to us in a much better way.
Jesus, as the babe in the manger, was the Word become flesh (John 1:14). Why look and listen for angels when the Son of God himself calls us and speaks to us through the Bible and by his Holy Spirit (Hebrews 1:2).
Speak O Lord Keith Getty and Stuart Townend