GodReflection: It’s a Boy—We Worship the Gift Baby
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God (Luke 2:13).
Never before had an announcement equaled this one. In terms of cosmic impact this news had no rival. Messiah the Lord has arrived.
God’s heavenly messengers appear throughout His story. The Great I Am communicated with His human creation through angels at critical points across the divine restoration project. Angelic appearances are recorded with about forty people in Scripture.
Only Luke the investigative reporter tells about the angelic announcement.
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 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. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:8-12).
It was the announcement of all announcements. God arrived as baby on planet earth to restore creation. The angelic message drew angelic attention.
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” (Luke 2:13-14).
The next thought provokes within me both exhilaration and humility.
To praise God for the gift of His Son is the one act where I bring all of my humanness and join in unity with celestial angels to worship and praise God through the angelic statement, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
I join with the angels in praise to God to thank Him that I can find peace “wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
It’s peace now and immediate. It’s peace deep down in my bones as I live in a world filled with war, terror, greed, corruption and constant political unrest. It’s peace that rests on all who trust the Savior born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
It is that very angelic announcement that feeds the hope in each of us who trust the baby worshiped by angels. We see a future reality never to be plagued again with war, terror, corruption, greed and political unrest.
It will be a time—even more real than now—when angels will be seen by the new eyes that function perfectly in our own eternal bodies. We will join in person with angels as they continue their charge, “Let all God’s angels worship him” (Hebrews 1:6). And, our voices will blend with the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand (Revelation 5:11).
When I pause to recall the angelic announcement, by so doing I find that I once again join with angels in worship. That is a special time, don’t you think?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection: Angels Worship