Let’s not forget the angels in the story of Jesus’s birth. In Luke 2:8-15 (NIV), an angel appears to shepherds to announce “good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord…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.'”
What a scene this must have been. At first the shepherds were frightened, but quickly joined the celebration of the heavenly host in praising and singing, “Glory to God…” Then they go to Bethlehem to see the Christ child.
When a child is born today, I believe there is rejoicing in heaven and on earth. I believe the angels in heaven praise and sing, and I believe there are angels on earth to join in the birth and the celebration. Who are these angels? Doctors, nurses, midwives, family and friends. Maybe angels from heaven we can’t see.
I would also like to think that Hebrews 12:22 gives us a taste of what heavenly rejoicing is like: “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.”