It’s Christmastime, and the excitement of the season is here! The lights are up, the cookies are baking and the smell of pine trees is in the air. As the song says, it’s the most wonderful time of year!
Like everyone, I’m excited to see family and friends and have a little break from the ordinary day to day. But I would also like to point us toward a greater reason to be excited this season.
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, goodwill toward men!
The angels were excited about the birth of Jesus! They were praising God and glorifying Him for His amazing gift to mankind. What was it that the angels were so excited about?
First, they knew that this little baby would one day die on a cross to save us from our sin. The day that you understand that Jesus died for you personally and accept Him as your Savior is cause for a huge celebration! And the Bible says that the angels are having that celebration every time someone is saved.
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
Second, with this gift we have peace on earth from the promised Prince of Peace. Jesus is our source of peace here on earth and the One we look to when life seems anything but peaceful.
And His name will be called Wonder Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.
And third, we receive God’s goodwill toward those of us who believe in His Son. It is only because of Jesus that we are able to receive this goodwill from God. He is the gateway to the Father.
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
So, while you’re wrapping those presents, I encourage you to reflect with me on the angel’s joy and excitement over our greatest gift, Jesus!
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Connie Rowland is the creator of Master's Hand Collection, A series of Christian digital artwork that depicts God's hand in our lives. Each picture features an inspirational word spelled out in American Sign Language with a corresponding Bible verse. Join "In the Studio" for your Free Printable Artwork.
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