The angel Gabriel encounters the shepherds and let’s them know their long-awaited Savior has come. No matter the fears we encounter, we share in the shepherd’s good news: our Savior has come and there’s no adversity He can’t conquer.
The Christmas story shows us a hopeful reality. Emmanuel—God with us—comes. And while the Christmas story is full of angelic encounters with ordinary men and women declaring the good news that the promised Messiah was coming, ordinary men and women TODAY experience encounters with the God who has come for us. The Angel of the Lord. The ultimate encounter with Heaven itself.