Summary: In this saying of praise in Luke’s birth narrative the angels share with us great truths of the gospel. The Gospel is about the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Gospel and the birth story display God’s glory offer God’s peace and deliv
Intro: The more Christmas’ I experience the more I believe we are distracted by the details. The census of Caesar, the worship of the wise men, the marveling of Mary, no room in the inn, all are part of what we read in the gospel birth story.
What do the details direct us to? What did the writers of the gospels seek to declare, what was the birth story designed to do? The birth story is designed to display God’s glory, offer God’s peace, and deliver God’s pleasure.
It may not be found that the angels sing praises of God in the Bible, but it is clear that they can say His praises with great clarity and beauty. In this saying of praise in Luke’s birth narrative the angels share with us great truths of the gospel. The Gospel is about the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Gospel and the birth story display God’s glory offer God’s peace and deliver God’s pleasure.
I. God’s glory displayed
In the old testament we find two words used repeatedly to tell us of God’s Glory. The Hebrew word Kabod means weight and substance of His glory. Hadar means the splendor of God’s work. Another word that is translated glory is Shekina or the radiance of God’s glory. So the glory of God is demonstration of His character and power.
A) The heavens display
Psalm 19.1 “The heavens are telling of the glory of God.” The heavens display the character and power of God. I learned recently that the sun sings. There are constant harmonics or sound waves in the sun. Caused by magnetic fields the sun is actually singing to the glory of God. Why were the heavens fashioned by the hand of God? Colossians 1.16 says all things were created by Him and for Him. Creation was made for God’s praise and pleasure.
B) The angels declare
Here in this short sentence the angels declare God’s glory. In Isaiah we see angels speaking to each other of His holiness. Here we see God is something else. 900 times in the Bible we see the word Holy. The angels declare who God is and what He does, His glory.
C) The Savior discloses
Hebrews 1.3 tells us that Jesus is the radiance of His glory the exact representation of His nature. Jesus perfectly pictured the character and power of God. How did Jesus disclose God’s glory? He showed God’s wisdom, the plan of redemption, He showed God’s love, the price of redemption, He showed God’s faithfulness in bruising the serpents head with the foot of the seed of a woman, He showed God’s holiness, God’s righteous requirement demands death for anyone who sins, He gave a substitute. Jesus disclosed god’s glory.
D) The saints demonstrate
First realize the Bible says that Believers are the image and glory of God! (1 Corinthians 11.7) In Genesis man was made in the image of God. Adam and eve disobeyed God and distorted that glory. Jesus came to redeem and restore the image of God in man.
We have the great responsibility and privilege of representing God to the world.
The Bible says that we can glorify God by
1) Living lives worthy of the gospel 1 Thessalonians 2.12
2) Living lives of obedience 2 Corinthians 9.13
3) Living lives of purity 1 Corinthians 6.20
4) Living lives filled with good deeds 1 Peter 2.12
Our lives can demonstrate the power and character of God.
You can make your day glorious by offering the day to God. Something like this Father in heaven I give you this day for you glory. I ask for help where I am week, wisdom for daily decisions, and when I fail your forgiveness. I surrender this day to your glory and purpose.
II. God’s peace offered
Peace seems to be a pipe dream today. There is conflict abroad. The Middle East is constantly involved in conflict. There is conflict at home, political, social. There is carjacking in the streets, road rage, pushy Christmas shoppers, family fights, and on and on we could go. The angels declared the Glory of God and peace offered in His Son. Where is this peace that was offered? First we must realize the type of peace offered.
A) The promise of peace
Isaiah 9.6 gives us one of the most wonderful titles of our Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace. This word peace comes from the Hebrew word shalom. It was used as a greeting to wish others completeness spiritually, emotionally, socially, in every way. The first time that Jesus came he came as the Lamb of God. He came to end the spiritual war between God and man. The next time He comes He will come as the Lion of God. He will come to end the war between man and man and between the powers and principalities. The peace promised from His first coming is inner peace.