Heavenly Hallelujah: Dec. 12
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and 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 among those with whom he is pleased!”When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:8-20
Both the audience and the choir are delightful in this heavenly hallelujah. God reveals His host to lowly shepherds, despised of society and yet not forgotten by God. And God sends His mighty army not to conquer but to sing, to worship, to evangelize, to exult.
One can only imagine the wonder of the angels as they dared to speak the words—the Messiah has come.
The Almighty God has led history to the moment of His entrance. The Holy Judge is unveiling His undeserved favor toward His enemies! Peace on earth—it means more than a good feeling on the inside of our hearts. It is much more than a hot chocolate on a cold night. Peace means God’s blessing, the ending of His enmity, the presence of His generosity—all is promised in the arrival of God the Son.
And indeed the result is glory to God in the highest. Glory to the All Wise and All Merciful. For no wisdom on earth could create this plan, revealed in that little divine infant in Bethlehem. So let us follow the directions of the angels in our hearts and minds. Let us go again to the manger and let us rejoice and be glad, for our God has come to dwell with us, to rescue us, and to bring us back to Himself.
Glory in the highest!