News coverage would be pretty slight over the birth of a child in the stable. The major news outlets wouldn’t even give it top billing. At best it would be a seasonal interest piece, sandwiched in between the overcrowded conditions in Bethlehem and the economic boom taking place because of the census. But what is missed many times on earth is celebrated in heaven! The angels break the news on the scene of human history to a group of shepherds out in the field. Christmas is the announcement of wonderful news.
The angel embarked upon a mission to announce the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. When the angel appeared, the light of God’s face peeled back the darkness of night with the blazing brilliance of His glory. In the midst of centuries of silence and the deep darkness of night, God revealed Himself to shepherds. The First Christmas unveils His glory for all to see in the face of the Christ-child.
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. (Luke 2:8-9)
What is this glory? The glory of the Lord is His visible presence unveiled. When God unveils Himself, we see His glory: the power, the majesty, the holiness, the infinite love, and the immeasurable mercy of the Creator of the world.
The light of God’s face peels back the darkness of night with the blazing brilliance of His glory. In the deep darkness of night, God reveals Himself to us through Jesus Christ. He is the bright light of God’s glory that shines upon us living in the deep darkness of night. He opens our eyes to see the beauty, majesty, grace, and truth of God today. We see the light of salvation shining, for Jesus Christ the Savior has come to show us God.
God pierces the darkness of our lives with the in-breaking of His glory today. Jesus has come to erase the quarantine of our souls from heaven. Embrace His embrace of grace through faith and live in the light of God’s glorious joy.