“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.’” Luke 2:13-14 (NIV)
The Angel’s song has been called Gloria in Excelsis Deo meaning “Glory to God in the highest.” It records the message that the angels gave the shepherds who were watching their flocks in the fields that night. Though the shepherds were on the lowest rung of the social and economic ladder, God chose them to hear the Good News of Jesus’ birth first. They would see the newborn King years before the wise men arrived.
What a night it must have been for those shepherds! The angels had already been busy communicating to Joseph, Mary and their relatives, Zechariah and Elizabeth, about the important roles they would each play in the Christmas story. You can almost feel the excitement and eagerness of these angels to leave heaven and share the news with someone! At God’s direction, they were dispatched to the shepherds that starry night. At first sight, the shepherds were terrified! Wouldn’t you be? There you are, one minute, watching your sheep and, the next, an angel appears out of nowhere! The angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” (Vs. 10-11)
Then, suddenly a great company of angels appear, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”
The angels rejoiced at the message they gave because it was good news! That’s the message of Christmas! It’s good news! The word “angel” means “messenger.” Like the angels that night, we have the opportunity to be messengers of the good news. Share it with everyone you meet this Christmas!
One easy way to share the good news is to invite a friend to join you for a Christmas Eve service. We have multiple service times and locations for you to choose from at Woodlands Church! I hope your family and friends can join us to celebrate the Good News of Christ’s birth and experience the peace He offers. Check our website for service times and locations!