Though we are running after our busy routines, we were often reminded of the Christmas season over the past few weeks.
Ever since our childhood or from when we became thoughtful about this season we might have Christmas picture in our minds.
When we contemplate through the below verse, we can find a distinctive insight of God’s magnanimity.
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:13;14)
These verses were voiced out by an angel of God, to the shepherds who were watching over their flocks at night.
This good news about the birth of the Saviour is proclaimed to the layman highlighting three aspects that God intended to manifest among mankind.
Even the purpose of Jesus’ birth and life focuses on these three aspects: Glory to God, Peace on earth and Goodwill toward men.
1. Glory to God:
In Exodus 14, God speaks to Moses about His glory after His triumph over Pharaoh’s army, chariots and horsemen.
We see how God worked in a mighty wondrous way against the Egyptian army. This is the first place in the bible we see God mentioning about Him being glorified.
What do you think would happen when God is glorified? As He Himself expresses in Exodus 14:18, “Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained honour for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”
When God is glorified, the people who do not know Him will know that He is the Lord. Many a times, we are unsure whether God is glorified in our lives.
Yes, when gentiles come to know that the Lord is God, seeing the awesome work of God in our lives, God is glorified.
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
And the very first part of Christmas good news is the Glory of God.
Through the proclamation of the birth of Jesus, God was glorified.
2. Peace on earth:
John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
The second aspect mentioned in Luke 2:14 is peace on earth.
Bible scholars call the period between the old testament and the birth of Jesus as the dark age. People were unable to hear the word of God through prophets.
But the Birth of Lord Jesus brought back peace to this world. In John 14:27, Jesus says that He gives the peace that He has in Him.
If we look closely, we can see that He is the Prince of Peace (Refer Isaiah 9:6).
Let us imagine how it would be if the Prince of Peace gives us the same peace that He has.
This peace is not a trivial solace, but a great experience of a born again Christian, that surpasses all understandings and situations.
3. Goodwill toward men:
As sin came into the world, man was often reprimanded and corrected by the word of God through His prophets.
Man kept sinning and found it impossible to overcome sin on his own. But when Jesus came, He brought the grace and mercy of God with Him to this world.
When Jesus entered the house of Zacchaeus, He said that salvation has come to that house (Refer Luke 19:9).
With a love lighted countenance, Jesus called Zacchaeus and at that very moment He received the salvation of God.
The compassion Jesus demonstrated on the cross is the fulfilment of God’s Goodwill toward men.
The same Goodwill is making us live our lives with hope in this cataclysmic world and has brought us nearer to Him amidst our despair.
This Christmas is for us to quiet ourselves in the presence of God to see the manifestation of His Glory, His Peace and His Goodwill! Merry Christmas!