And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of
God’s messengers are sent to flood the Judean hillside with the light of hope—and it would be shepherds who heard this celestial confession of Christ.
It was a confession of THE GLORIOUS PERSON (v.9-12).
That such a lofty announcement would come to such a lowly assembly is incredible. Shepherds were despised—they were dirty and smelled of sheep. It was a job you didn’t want. Yet such are the very ones who would be receptive. A message of hope is most appreciated by the hopeless.
The good news is about a glorious Person—a Savior, Christ the Lord. As Savior, He is the Son of Man who came to give His life as a ransom. As Christ, He is the Son of David who is rightful heir to David’s throne. As Lord, He is the Son of God, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (
This confession was not only about the Glorious Person, but was in and of itself A GLORIOUS PROCLAMATION (v.13-14).
It was all about giving God glory. The glory of God is the chief end of all things. It is preeminent. The universe is moving to this ultimate goal of the glory of God.
When we give ourselves to His glory, we experience His peace. Sin is when we seek to give ourselves His glory—of being our own god. God’s goodwill comes when we repent and submit to Him. When we are elevating ourselves, we are assailing Him and are at war with God—and that is always a losing proposition. But, when we bow to Him, and promote His glory, then we are a peace with God.