“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Can you imagine it? Nighttime in the fields of Bethlehem. You’re watching your sheep, minding your own business, then, all of a sudden, an angel appears in the blinding light of the Lord’s glory. You’re terrified, but the angel calms you with his words and with the news he brings – news of a king. You’ve heard of this promised king, but it seemed so far off that you weren’t sure if it would ever really happen. And if it did, what would that matter to an insignificant shepherd?
“Good news. Isn’t that something we’ve heard of before? The word Gospel means “Good News!” The angel was sharing the Gospel with the shepherds. He was bringing them hope and confirming the prophecies pointing to the birth of a Savior – a Savior that would live a perfect life and take the ultimate sacrifice to bridge the gap between mankind and their Creator. The promised King and Savior coming into the world, just like us, as a baby. This is something worth celebrating!
As we spend this season reflecting on the miraculous birth of our Savior, consider the significance of his birth. Without each prophecy being fulfilled, our hope turns into hopelessness. Without Jesus coming to Earth and becoming the perfect sacrifice for our sins, we would have no chance of forgiveness or reconciliation. But because of God’s faithful love seen through His perfect plan – we can rejoice and celebrate today.
This Christmas season, you may find yourself singing along with the popular Christmas song, “Gloria in excelsis Deo.” This song is translated to exactly what the host of angels were singing – Glory to God in the highest! So let’s join together and sing along with the host of angels, Church!
While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions:
- Why do you think Christmas music is so effective in getting us into a special mood?
- Do you feel peaceful at Christmas time? What are some of the contributing factors to your answer?
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you?
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Life Group leader for young
families with her husband Zach