… And on Earth
RON HAMILTON, CCCC CONFERENCE MINISTER
One of the most familiar Christmas Scriptures comes from Luke 2:11-15.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
The message of the angels demonstrates the fullness of the message of the incarnation of Jesus, the Messiah. They declare glory to God while speaking words of peace on earth. The perfect holy God fulfills the plan of salvation for sinful broken people and becomes Immanuel, “God with us.”
The life of faith is a constant interplay between heaven and earth. As mortal beings, we put our faith in a loving Savior and receive the promise of eternal life (John 3:16). We receive heavenly strength to endure the trials and temptations of this world (Ephesians 3:16). By faith, we “are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory.”
(2 Corinthians 3:18).
“…and on earth.” Meditate on these words in this Advent and Christmas season. The God who created you comes to do a work of new creation in you. The God of glory comes to purify you. The God who has always existed gifts you with eternal life. Jesus has bridged the gap between and heaven and earth.
Thank you God, for this indescribable gift.