posted Dec 26, 2013, 2:59 PM by Dale Barnes

“Hark, the herald angels sing. Glory to the newborn king!” These words are from the famous carol sung at Christmas time. “Hark” is a old English word not used much today, but it means “to listen”.  It is so easy to hear, but not really listen.  Listen carries the meaning, to consider, even meditate, think seriously; something very important is being said.

In the first few chapters of Proverbs a father is speaking to his son and encouraging him to listen, listen carefully. Pay attention!  It is easy to tolerate and not really be open in heart and listen.  God speaks from heaven to Jesus’ disciples: “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” (Lu.9:35 NIV)  

What was the message from the angel of God to the shepherds?  Have you truly considered it?  How does it apply to you?  “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find the baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”. (Lu.2:10-12NIV)   

The message from the eternal God was not to bring fear, but good news that would bring joy. The news was for everyone, not just a few! It was not just for a yearly holiday season. A savior had come!  God himself had come to help us!
 If you have not really listened before, I urge you to do so. Pursue him!  We all need his help for this life and the next. Listen to the angel! God has sent his Son.  God’s life and plans come through him. The person who has the Son, has the life that lasts forever! (1 Jn.5:11-12)