Lk.2:13,14 – And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army of angels praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom He is pleased.”
Heaven itself was overwhelmed with joy at the birth of Jesus. Just think about it, heaven had tasted the ramifications of the fall of Lucifer and the fall of one third of the angelic host in eternity past. The fall of man was a constant reminder to all of heaven of that infamous episode. Thousands of years passed after the fall of man, who had been created in the image of God and was banished from the joyful fellowship he had been created to enjoy. But now, mystery of mysteries, Christ was born and the age of darkness would be overcome at last. God had become a man, a Savior, the Son of God was born in Bethlehem. The end of slavery to sin was being conquered and now the angels were singing. The Bible says that angels long to see and understand this miracle of redemption. They can’t quite get it because they haven’t tasted the sting of sin. Seeing God become a man gave the angels assurance, they had no recourse except to sing and shout for joy. Here are some thoughts from Luther about this heavenly song.
“But what happens in heaven concerning this birth? As much as it is despised on earth, so much and a thousand times more is it honored in heaven. If an angel from heaven came and praised you and your work, would you not regard it of greater value than all the praise and honor the world could give you, and for which you would be willing to bear the greatest humility and reproach? What exalted honor is that when all the angels in heaven can not restrain themselves from breaking out in rejoicing, so that even poor shepherds in the fields hear them preach, praise God, sing and pour out their joy without measure.? Were not all joy and honor realized at Bethlehem, yes, all joy and honor experienced by all the kings and nobles on earth, to be regarded as only dross and abomination, of which no one likes to think, when compared with the joy and glory here displayed?”
When humans see the significance of this miracle birth of the Son of God their song dwarfs the song of angels. For us it is personal, we were lost in sin without hope and Christ came among us. Christ came to die for sinners. Christmas reminds us every year of God’s great gift; He loved me so much He gave to me His only begotten Son.