Gloria In Excelsis Deo

The third song from that first Christmas is the shortest of the four.   Here’s a simple consideration of how angels respond to Jesus Christ.

1) They worship him.

“Glory to God” – Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost!”

Hebrews 1:6 “Let all the angels of God worship Him.”   When did God bring His firstborn into the world?   The Incarnation was the special introduction of the WORD to the entire world.   The WORD was becoming flesh – taking on human form.

Revelation 5:11 describes the scene in heaven as John hears the voice ofmany angels, numbering thousands upon thousands , and ten thousand times ten thousand.   They encircle the throne and in a loud voice sing of the “worthiness” of the Lamb.

Application – Am I worshipping Jesus Christ as I should?

2) They serve and obey Him

Satan understood this as Luke 4:10 describes.    This quote from the psalms reminds us of the charge given to angels to guard the Son carefully.

After the period of the temptation, “…the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.”

Application – Am I serving and obeying Christ?

3) They proclaim Him

The good news proclaimed to the shepherds is about a Saviour!   When the angels sinned in rebellion against God, God did not provide a way of salvation for them.    They were removed from God’s presence and bound in “everlasting chains” for the day of judgment.

What song can angels not sing?   Amazing Grace!    I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.

What response do the shepherds give to this good news?    Share with others the good news they have just heard.   I wonder if they even waited for morning before they started to speak of this new-born Saviour.

Application – Am I proclaiming Jesus Christ?   If I can’t talk about him at Christmas time when can I talk about Christ?

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