Real Christmas (Part 4): The Speeches of Angels

angelNothing is cuter than a choir of four-year-old angels in a Christmas pageant. It’s just like it was back in Jesus’ day, because “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”, right?


Read on my friend. This one is a little brutal.

Luke 2:9-12 says, “An angel of the Lord appeared to (the shepherds), and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 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.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

As you can see, it never mentions the angels singing.

God’s glory was there, the shepherds were terrified, and a message was given. But we don’t know how it was said – if it was spoken, sung, whispered, or shouted.

Would it have been magnificent had it been sung? Absolutely!
Could it have happened that way? Absolutely!
Does the Bible say they sang?


The specific words in the Bible are “… and the angel said to them…” and … “a great heavenly host appeared praising God and saying…”.

When we realize the Christmas story isn’t something that combusted into a singing angelic flash mob, it actually makes it more… real.

God didn’t need a Broadway show for his message to be the greatest news the earth had ever heard. He didn’t need smoke and mirrors or even Handel to make it majestic.

The message proclaiming the coming Savior of the world…

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2 thoughts on “Real Christmas (Part 4): The Speeches of Angels

  1. This has been a very good series to read. Thanks for sharing.

    I’ve notice that angels pretty much terrified everyone that they came into contact with. They must truly be a sight to behold.

    Did your visit to Israel change the way you looked at the birth, life, and death of Jesus? I’m curious to how visiting the places where Jesus walked, taught, and lived impacted your ministry.

    • Brian, when I first began to learn about first century culture, it COMPLETELY changed things for me. Both of my Israel trips simply added to that. We read the Bible through the eyes of our own cultural mores without even realizing it. Things that people say “are right there in black and white” sometimes aren’t there at ALL. And we miss a lot not knowing the original language and sayings as well. This knowledge not only has impacted my ministry, but also my life. But that would be more of a conversation than a paragraph.

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