Monday, December 25: Angels Announce the Redeemer

Luke 24:25-27

He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

I Peter 1:10-12

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow.  It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

Luke 2:10-14

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Hebrews 1:6

And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

We began our advent journey along the road to Emmaus, as Jesus opened the eyes of two amazed travelers to all that the Old Testament said about him.  We end our journey on the blessed night the sky filled with angels praising God and announcing that the Messiah, the Lord, the promised and long-awaited one, was finally here.

Yes, the descendant of Eve who would crush the serpent is now here.  The seed of Abraham, through whom would come blessing to all the earth, has arrived.  Where is the lamb?  He is “wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Jacob, your blessing is here!  Joseph, your redemption is here!  The Redeemer foreshadowed by Moses and Elisha, the Redeemer to whom Samson pointed, whom Ruth sought, whom Job longed for, has come.  The King, the Suffering Servant, the Anointed One for whom Isaiah had longed has appeared.  The Good Shepherd longed for by Ezekiel lies in a manger near sheep.  There is your Redeemer, Esther.  He is exactly where Micah prophesied he would be, in Bethlehem.  He will bring even greater deliverance than Nahum longed for; he will be an even greater King than Zechariah desired.  He will display all the redeeming love that Hosea prophesied.  The Redeemer for whom the people of God had longed for centuries has finally come.  Glory to God in the highest!

As you celebrate this Christmas Day, I pray that you do so trusting in Jesus the Messiah, the only redeemer of God’s elect, who being the eternal Son of God became man, who suffered and died for the sins of his people, and who rose triumphantly from the grave to seal the victory over sin, death, hell, and the devil.  With all God’s angels, let us worship him!

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King:
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
with th’angelic hosts proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King.”

(Charles Wesley)

© 2023 Stephen A. Hoogerhyde.