And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:8-14
I can’t even imagine the terror of the shepherds as they heard an angelic being speaking to them and tried to comprehend the message delivered with the glory of the Lord shining all around them. These men were chosen to witness God’s glory first hand and experience the joy of His message that the long awaited Messiah had arrived! This was an event worthy of a great company of angelic beings shouting and praising God. Scripture conveys the brilliance, noise and grandeur of this scene. The angels proclaimed the glory of God and the plan of God to bring peace everlasting to mankind. As the simple shepherds took in this scene, they were motivated to seek out the Savior.
What does this event show us about God? God is glorious. God’s glory is the total of all His attributes. God displayed His glory in the beauty and wisdom of His creation. Throughout history, God has revealed His glory to His people through His power, mercy, grace, judgment, holiness, love and every other attribute. The Lord Jesus Christ reveals God’s glory completely. This complete revelation of God’s glory in Jesus was what the angels were singing and praising. The full revelation of God had come to earth as a man for the redemption of mankind. What a glorious event!
What about me? Try to capture some of God’s glory this Christmas season as you consider Jesus’ birth, God sending His Only Son to Save us and the redemption of all mankind that God planned through Jesus. Look for God’s glorious nature around you. Remember God’s glory is the sum total of all His attributes so any love, kindness, patience, goodness, mercy, grace, provision, …. you live out in your life as godly actions towards others reflect God’s glorious nature.
Blessings as you reflect God’s glory this Christmas,