“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’ ” Luke 2:13-14 KJV
The Greek word for “host” is stratia and refers to heavenly bodies. In other words a host was compared to the stars in the sky. And the night was clear as a bell. Do the math with me. If we compare one “host” to the stars in the sky, how many could a “multitude of hosts” be?
Angels must have illuminated the expanse of the sky that night. With the glory and light of God’s mind-boggling creation.
Think about those shepherds. They’ve just heard the news from the angel that unto them is born this night in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord. Then, in a flash, the dark, silent sky explodes in bright, holy light and multitudes of heavenly hosts are singing glory to God.
What would it have been like to be one of those shepherds? Just to gaze into the awe and wonder of God’s birth announcement to the world. WOW!