Lk.2:14 – Glory to God in the highest,And on earth peace, good will toward men!
This is a very strange statement from the angels. Good will to men? Really? Christ was coming as a Savior. He came to offer mercy and justice. He offers mercy to those who believe on Him, to those who don’t…let’s just say it doesn’t turn out so good. This phrase from the angels is a little hard to translate but it boils down to this; our will has been damaged beyond repair by the fall of man. That is the point of the good news of great joy. The Savior came to change us and actual grant us repentance. That would be a supernatural ability to change our will. That is at the very heart of the angels’ message. Today in the city of David is born for you a Savior who is Christ the Lord. Now we can actually have a change of will. Here is how Augustine describes this passage.
“Who’s the perfect candidate to will and to carry out what one wills? No one but the Lord? Well, He’s the One who’ll help us, inspiring us to do what we should. Just know that His mercy has preceded our every step, cutting a swath before us. The result? We who wanted to will but weren’t able to are nonetheless called by Him and given the power by Him to do what we thought we couldn’t.
Another malady, from Paul to the Romans.
“I saw another law holding court in my member, legislating against the law of my mind, even convicting me of doing some good, which has now become a capital offense” (7:23).
A remedy, again from Paul to the Romans.
“Yes, I can “will my way out it, but not without help” (7:18).
Yes, O Lord, I want peace on earth to men of good will.
On this holy day, then, my dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, these are the things we should be saying, the things our reading evokes and our piety provokes.”
So this is actually the best news of all. I am not only forgiven but I am changed by the grace of God. That is actually why Christ came and the fruit of His work of redemption.
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, good will toward men!”