For, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy…
The angel called the fact that Jesus Christ was born “good tidings of great joy.” The announcement marked the moment when God inserted Himself into our world, became one of us in order to save us. The glory of Christmas is the glory of God becoming man – the Creator becoming what He had created – in order to rescue His fallen creation from death and hell.
The joy of Christmas is the joy of God and sinners reconciled.
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King; peace on earth, and mercy mild—God and sinners reconciled!” Joyful, all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies; with th’ angelic hosts proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!” Hark the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King!”
God the Son entered our world as a man so that He could fight the devil as a man. As God, He could defeat the devil quite easily, and nobody would find that impressive. So, Jesus made Himself weak like us – weaker and lower than the devil – so that He could set Himself at the greatest possible disadvantage when He did battle with Satan.Continue reading “Good Tidings of Great Joy”