“…the shepherds said…Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which…the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” Lu. 2:15b,16.
This is what the shepherds saw, but what did they hear when they looked into the face of God?
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…” Heb. 1:1,2.
Did they hear the seraphim crying out, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.”(Isa. 6:3).
Did they hear the Psalmist singing of God’s faithfulness? “I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations…I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah…Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.”(Ps. 89:1,3,4,27).
Did they hear Isaiah proclaiming who this babe wrapped in swaddling clothes was and what he would do? “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to the opening of the prison to them that are bound: To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn…give…beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”(Isa. 61:1-3).
Did they hear the Lord speak to Moses at the end of forty years of wandering, saying, “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him…whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.”(Deut. 18:18,19).
Did they hear Abraham reassure his son? “…My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering…And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.” (Gen. 22:8,14).
Did they hear Isaiah foretelling the death of the baby the shepherds gazed at? “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth…for the transgression of my people was he stricken.” (Isa. 53:7,8b).
Did they hear David singing of His victory over death? “…my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell: neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” (Ps. 16:9,10).
Did they hear Daniel reveal the king’s dream of a future day? “…in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever…the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” (Dan. 2:44,45).
Look on the face of the infant lying in a manger and you will see, “…his Son…Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Heb. 1:2a, 3).
“God…hath…spoken unto us by his Son…” Do you hear the Spirit, the bride, those who have heard? They call out, “…Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely…He(Jesus) which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.” (Rev. 22:17,20).
Heavenly Father, May all who read and hear this, heed the words and know your blessing. Amen and even so come quickly.