Very few things in this world are truly ‘glorious‘, but we occasionally do find them:
A glorious sunset; the glory of the miracle of birth; the glory of true love.
However, there is One who is glorious in everything He does--The God.
When He intervenes in the affairs of earth, it’s usually ‘glorious’.
At Christmastime, we think of one of the most ‘Glorious’ events in human history–the coming of God to earth, in the form of Jesus, the baby born in Bethlehem. We read about it in the Gospel of Luke, Ch. 2:
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 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.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.” (Luke 2:1-16)
Can you imagine?
Imagine, for example, what it would have been like to be those shepherds–loners, looked down upon, considered ‘ceremonially unclean’–and here was an angel breaking through the night sky to announce the birth of the Savior–God in the Flesh–to them!
Then the whole sky filled with angels giving ‘glory’ to God!
What a ‘glorious’ night that was!
As Linus Van Pelt says, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown”!
May we–today–get a glimpse of His Glory at Christmas.