Glory to God in the Highest

I wanted to say something. On Christmas Eve, I played an angel with some of my friends in our church’s live nativity. The three of us angels greeted Mary and Joseph when they arrived in Bethlehem, circled around them as with God’s love and protection, and stood in reverent joy celebrating Jesus’ birth.

We saw the shepherds come to worship the tiny king. Then the wise men came and knelt before the manger, placing their crowns on the ground before him. All the while songs about Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection played in the background. While we stood on stage, the pastor talked about the significance of the birth of Christ, His life, and His death for each of us. He closed our Christmas Eve communion service with this declaration—“Jesus is alive!”

No wonder the angels praised God the night Jesus was born. I bet they couldn’t help it. As I stood on stage, I wanted to sing or to proclaim—“Here He is!!” The angels had been anticipating the moment of Jesus’ birth for centuries.

They had seen mankind’s history—the good, the bad, and the sinful. They had seen how much we needed God to intervene, come in our midst, and save us. They had heard God prophesy through His prophets that a Messiah would come. They most likely saw Jesus set aside His glory to become a baby in a virgin’s womb. They knew what this meant—the promise was fulfilled at last, hope finally became a reality.

No wonder they came in a multitude, filled the sky, and praised God saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14, NKJV).

The angels understood the significance of His birth, and from God’s Word, so do we. God’s angelic messengers declared peace had come, goodwill had arrived! Today we carry the same message. Today we are God’s heralds. True peace is found in a relationship with God through His Son.

As life moves on after Christmas, let’s keep its significance in our hearts and proclaim with our lives the glorious message. Jesus has come. He is God with us.

Glory to God in the highest! And on earth, peace! Goodwill toward men!

 

Copyright © 2013 by Katy Kauffman

 

Christmas, Jesus, angels, nativity, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

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