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‘Are the hosts assembled?’

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Written by Rev. Kieth Hood
This is one of my all-time favorites. Some of you have said so as well, months after I wrote it. I run it for Christmas once a year. Here it goes:
“Are the hosts assembled?” This event had been in production for several months. Indeed, the script had been written for well longer than that. There was to be a lead role and his part was well rehearsed. The curtains would soon open and the audience would be breathless. The cast numbered into the thousands. There had never been an undertaking quite like this before. This was to be the world premier that would change the course of history.

“Are the hosts assembled?” asked the moderator to a key member of the cast. The cast member could hardly contain himself as he answered: “They are quite ready, sir, and the moment is peak for performance! They say the King has arrived and assumed His station. The light is fixed upon Him as that of a super nova. The audience is in place. The date has arrived and this is our moment to shine!” Breathlessly he gestured toward the curtain, the vale which held back the light from the darkened arena. The moderator was to appear first as a maestro appears before the concert. After a brief announcement, the assembled cast of thousands would give expression in the fullest measure to the role assigned each participant. With all dignity befitting, the moderator enters the theater. His audience beholds.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them,
‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’
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, goodwill toward men.’”(Luke 2:8-14)
Every member of the cast can still recall where he was as if it were only yesterday. Great was that moment! Great were the contrasts. The King had assumed His station in a manger, His star announcing His deity as it reflected off the rags which covered Him. His parents were installed in a stable with live animals and unsanitary conditions. The audience was shepherds guarding livestock while people of influence slept in their inns and houses. The cast of hosts were in brightest raiment charged with ethereal particles from outer dimensions unabashedly proclaiming the glory of God, in the highest. What Child is this?
“Are the hosts assembled?” The sequel is prepared and it is also epic. “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”(1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
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