“Hark, the herald angels sing …”
Hark? Listen carefully, pay attention, focus, hear and consider.
Listen up, shepherds: Your Messiah was born today in Bethlehem. You will find Him wrapped in cloths in a manger. (Luke 2:11-12)
Listen, Mary: You have found favor with God. You will be pregnant and give birth to a son. He will be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:30-35)
Listen, Joseph: Take Mary as your wife. The child is from the Holy Spirit. Name Him Jesus because He will save people from their sins. (Matthew 1:20-21)
These real-life characters, not just figures in a nativity scene, actually heard a word from the Almighty God. And God continued to speak. When Jesus’ body was transfigured, appearing in a glorious state, God spoke from a cloud, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” (Mark 9:7b). Jesus spoke these encouraging words, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).
God continues to speak to us today. Whether your Christmas is noisy and hectic, whether you experience a calm, silent night, or perhaps, a blend of both, may you take time to listen to what God is saying. He has a message especially for you … if … you … listen.