The heavenly host appeared ...
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.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. -Luke 2:13-18 NLT
This passage seems to indicate that the veil between heaven and earth was pulled back as divine beings could no longer restrain their voices. The entrance of the baby Messiah to planet earth seemed to overwhelm these as they spoke of God being glorified in heaven and peace coming to earth. Glory and peace seem to be fitting words for the occasion. From that day forward everyone who embraced him would see the glory of God and experience his peace.
Can you see the shepherds running towards that stable? The look on their faces must have been one of amazement as they saw the baby Jesus laying in a feeding trough surrounded by his young parents. And how did their appearance impact Joseph and Mary? Can you feel the joy welling up in their hearts as the shepherds told them of the angels and the heavenly host? These who have struggled for nine months had divine confirmation of what God had told them.
Open our eyes dear Lord Jesus that we might see your glory. Open our heart to experience your peace.