December 25

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased! (Luke 2:14).

Psalm 19 proclaims “the heavens declare the glory of God.”  Yet we should know this apart for the psalm, for if we are paying attention, God’s glory is plain as we gaze upon stars without number, placed there by Him who knows every one.  But the night Jesus was born was different.  The heavens rolled back and the shepherds beheld the heavenly host in worship, praising God and proclaiming “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!” 

Glory to God.  Peace among men.  Glory and peace go together.  God makes Himself known to us not just by word, but by Word become flesh.  God become infant.  The church does not proclaim a God distant, known by ideas or doctrine alone, but God most completely known in the face of Christ, “that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the world of life” (1 John 1:1).  The Word became flesh and dwelt among us—so that men could see His glory, the glory of God. 

And with whom is He pleased?  With those who recognize His glory, here in the face of an infant, and then on a cross as He bore the sin of the world, thereby bringing peace to men.