Suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
The angels were not only eyewitnesses to Christ’s glory in Heaven, but they were also eyewitnesses to Christ’s incarnation at Bethlehem.
The angels must have been amazed when they saw that the Lord they had been worshipping for eons upon eons go to the earth He had created. One day, they saw Jesus stand up from His throne, take off His Heavenly robe, descend to earth, and pour all of His glory into a tiny embryo planted in a teenage girl in a dusty, remote part of the earth. What an amazing thing to think about: God becoming flesh.
Popular talk show host Larry King was once asked, “If you could interview anybody from the course of human history, who would you interview?” Larry responded, “I would interview Jesus Christ.” The reporter asked, “If you could ask Jesus Christ anything, what would you ask Him?” Larry said, “I would ask Him if He was indeed virgin-born.” He added, “The answer to that question would define history for me.”
Isaiah 7:14 says, “Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, and He is Immanuel, “God with us.” I think C. S. Lewis was right when he said the greatest miracle of all time was not the atonement, and it was not even the resurrection. The “Grand Miracle,” as Lewis called it, was the incarnation.
Imagine the angels as they looked down on that Christmas Day. They saw the mighty God they had spent eternity worshipping become a baby in a smelly trough reserved for feeding animals. When the angels saw it, they could not contain themselves. That is why they appeared to the shepherds and announced at the top of their angelic lungs, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased” (Luke 2:14). The angels were saying, “Wake up, shepherds! Wake up, world! Do you not realize what you have here? This is God!”
This baby, born in Bethlehem that night 2,000 years ago, was God in the flesh. He is God who came for no other reason than because He loves you and to give Himself as a ransom for your sins. The angels witnessed all that, and they rejoiced at His incarnation at Bethlehem.
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Angels Who Have Seen On High ” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2009.
Larry King, quoted in Greg Laurie, “Why the Virgin Birth of Jesus?” Harvest Christian Fellowship, Daily Devotion, December 9, 2013, https://www.harvest.org/devotions-and-blogs/daily-devotions/2013-12-09.
C. S. Lewis, “Miracles” (New York: Macmillan, 1947), chapter 14.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.