And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God
I can picture the scene in heaven. God has assembled the heavenly host. His Son is about to be born into His own creation. God asks the question: “Who wants to make the announcement?” In an instant every angel arm is raised aloft, determined to be the one who gets to tell the world about Jesus.
“I only need one of you” God tells the assembled multitude.
Later as the chosen angel appears in the sky over the Bethlehem fields the rest of the heavenly host watch with bated breath while the announcement is made. Barely able to contain their excitement they listen intently as the message is given. And then, they can contain themselves no longer and in an instant the poor shepherds see the entire heavenly host, revealed in their glory, worship and adoration saying as one:
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased”
This story was too big for them not to be a part of! They couldn’t stay away from it. This story is too big for us not to be a part of it. We need to play our part with the whole host of heaven in worshipping our great God and Saviour this Christmas, and every day as we enjoy the fruits of His incarnation in our lives.