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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 among those with whom he is pleased!”
There’s a remarkable unity between God highest good and our highest good. They are never at odds. God has one goal: the glory of His name. While that may sound self-centered, it’s actually our greatest treasure and bliss. For example, let’s consider the world’s best piano player. As we listen to him, will it be beneficial if he decides to only play a minimal of his skill or give his best performance ever? Do we need to say anything else?
Christmas is about God’s glory: “Glory to God in the highest.” We see the glory of His love, giving His Son. We see the glory of His humility, being born in a manger, far removed from any royal palace. We see the glory of His grace, coming to redeem, reconcile, and restore us. We see the glory of His mercy, not treating us like we deserve. Throughout Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension, we see God’s glory manifested and displayed for all to see.
Paul captured that as follows: “Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:6-8). That’s our only hope of salvation!
He then continued with the end result, God’s glory: “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philip 2:9-11).
Christmas is about our peace with God, which is synonymous with His infinite favor toward us. Thus, our greatest well-being is in full relation to Jesus’ exaltation and “the glory of God the Father.” At Christmas and throughout the year, we’ve infinite reasons to join the “the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’”
The Devotional Writer