Of the five angel appearances in the Christmas story, the angelic proclamation to the shepherds is by far the most dramatic. This is the only angel visitation in which the glory of the Lord is reported to have illuminated the entire area. It had to be dazzling in the night darkness.
I can think of only one other occasion in Scripture in which an innumerable host of angels appeared to people. Yet the angelic army never uttered a word and remained unseen by at least one person. Perhaps they were unseen by many others. You can find the story in 2 Kings 6:17.
If you’ve ever wondered why other people didn’t see the angels which appeared to the shepherds, we actually can’t rule out that it might have happened. Just because something isn’t recorded in Scripture doesn’t mean it didn’t occur. Others might have seen those angels. Or they might have seen or heard something in the distance and just didn’t know what it was. It’s also possible that nobody else saw the angels because the shepherds were in a remote area. Or maybe God just closed everyone’s eyes and favored lowly shepherds with a royal message.
What a privilege it must have been for the shepherds to receive the angel’s message and hear the heavenly choir. Yet we don’t know the name of a single shepherd. One thing is sure: they had an incredible story to tell! After they had gone to see the baby, the shepherds became the first evangelistic witnesses for Jesus. People who heard their message were amazed. We should be amazed, too.
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.” (Luke 2:13-14)