“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!” (Luke 2:14)
Blessed Christmas to you! What a joy we have when we gather in God’s house on Jesus’ birthday. I love the hymns at Christmas. The angels sang a hymn that first Christmas: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!”
Someone is “in his glory” when he is at his best and shows what he is like. The angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest”. At Jesus’ birth God was showing His glory – His love for us. God sent His Son to save us, because He loves us.
When do you think a mother is most in her glory? Let me give you two choices. Is Mom most in her glory when she is all dressed up pretty? Or when it is in the middle of the night, but she is taking care of her child because he is sick? It is nice when our mothers are pretty, but I will never forget how she took care of me when I was sick. That is when she showed how much she loves me. That is when she was in her glory.
About thirty-three years after Jesus was born, and after His friend Judas left to betray Him, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified” (John 13:31). Jesus, the Son of Man, is glorified because He was arrested, suffered, and died for you, me, and all people. Jesus’ glory is His work to save us. The cross is where He is at His best. The Cross is where He most clearly shows you that God loves you. “Glory to God in the highest” because at Bethlehem God was born as Mary’s baby to help us. Jesus came to earth to go to the cross because He loves you and everyone.
Jesus was also in His glory when He met you at your Baptism. Your parents may have brought you to a font. There Jesus gave you the forgivenesss He won for you on the Cross. The pastor even made the sign of the cross on your forehead and your heart. At your Baptism Jesus gave you His life that rose from the dead. That is Jesus’ glory – His loving work of being born for you, dying for you, and rising for you to save you.
O Lord Jesus, You came from heaven to save us and to go to the cross for us. Make us ever rejoice in Your eternal love. In Your name we pray. Amen.
– Reverend Joel Holls