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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"The First Christmas Carol"

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2:14

      It is superstitious to worship angels; it is proper to love them. It would be a sin against Heaven to give even a little adoration to the mightiest of angels, but I think it would be unkind if we did not find a place in our heart for them. If you look into the character of the angels, there are many dealings with men where they showed great kindness. If one such incident should weld our hearts to them forever, it is in time of our Saviour’s birth.
     The angels showed no envy. When Satan, the mighty angel, rebelled and drew away a third of their host with him, Christ did not leave His throne to die for them; but He left many of them reserved in chains of darkness for the last day. Even when Christ chose not to take the nature of angels, but took the nature of the seed of Abraham (Heb. 2:16), the angels did not envy man. They never murmured when they saw the Messiah pass up their form and take the body of an infant.
      The angels showed no pride. They were filled with joy to bring their message to simple shepherds in a field. They did not demand to go to Caesar’s palace. Some think it is more an honor to preach before kings and princes than to stand before the humblest of men. Not the angels! They with joy left Heaven and with haste came to the most common of men in the most common of places to bear their glad tidings of the Incarnate God. What a joy to know that these are the beings that keep watch over us night and day. They have no envy or pride, but know that “the angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him.” They are the guardians of us, the heirs of salvation.
      What of their song? It was something that men could understand and something that would make men different if they would understand it. The angels sang about Jesus who was born in a manger. They sang of Christ and His wonderful salvation. This salvation would bring glory to God, and peace to the men that receive it and it was God’s goodwill to mankind. What a majestic first Christmas carol they sang! Not with stammering lips, but with gladness in their eyes and hearts burning with love! Do you not love the angels?

Study verses:  Psalm 91:11; Psalm 34:17; Matthew 16:27; Matthew 18:10; Luke 15:10; Luke 16:22; Colossians 2:18; Hebrews 13:2; I Peter 1:8-12; Revelation 5:11-14

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Previous devotions

"An Unspeakable Gift" - December 8, 2010
"The Big News" - December 1, 2010
"Thank You" - November 24, 2010
"Walking In Truth" - November 17, 2010
"Useless Pillars" - November 10, 2010
"Unfounded Fears" - October 27, 2010
"God Is Able" - October 20, 2010
"The Blessings of the Lord" - October 13, 2010
"Treasure" - October 6, 2010
"Spirit vs. Flesh" - September 29, 2010
"The Rock Higher Than I" - September 23, 2010
"Lo, I Am With You Alway" - September 3, 2010


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