The Glory Of Israel (2 of 5) by Jeff Strite
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Series: Gifts Of The Season
OPEN BY READING from Luke 2:8-15
''And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, ''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 a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.''
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ''Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men 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.''
Now for a quiz:
Where did the angels come from?
(From Heaven. From God.)
God's up in heaven right?
But back in 1962 Cosmonaut Gherman Titov was visiting in Seattle after having just returned from space, and he said ''Sometimes people are saying that God is out there. I was looking around attentively all day but I didn't find anybody there. I saw neither angels nor God.''
Hearing about Titov's comment that he hadn't seen God in space, one man quipped:
''Had he stepped out his space suit he would have!''
Centuries ago, the psalmist said: ''The heavens declare the glory of God.'' (Psalm 19:1)
And over the centuries there are many people who have believed, that the closer they get to the heavens, the closer they could get to God.
And that's no less true of astronauts.
· Frank Borman (for example) was commander of the 1st space crew to travel in space. As he looked down on the earth Borman radioed back a message, quoting Genesis 1: ''In the beginning, God created the heav ...
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