Heavenly Host

Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

December 22, 2023

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Heavenly Host

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Luke 2:13-14 “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.’”

Think

The angels who proclaimed the glorious message weren't the typical images seen on greeting cards or in commercials. These weren't Hallmark or American Greetings cherubs, nor were they cartoonish or figures from Precious Moments. They were something far more profound—a celestial army, God's supernatural warriors. Described in Luke as a "multitude of the Heavenly host," their presence was beyond ordinary. The original Greek text emphasizes their innumerable count and military composition—a formidable force, a heavenly army.

Why did God dispatch this heavenly army to announce the incarnation of his Son? It was a declaration of war against the devil's territory. When God took on human form through Jesus, it marked an invasion into enemy fields. The angels' visit to the shepherds carried the most monumental news ever conveyed to humanity—a divine act of redemption not only for a chosen people but for the entirety of creation, freeing it from the grip of sin's curse.

These mighty, warrior-like angels stood in awe, praising the newborn King. Picture an assembly of muscle-bound "army ranger" angels singing and honoring Jesus, reflecting the glory of heaven itself. Their worship wasn't an ordinary affair; it was a testament to the greatness of the newborn lying in a manger. They comprehended his majesty and worth in ways we can hardly grasp.

This Christmas season, with all the glitter and noise, let's keep our gaze on Jesus—the central figure whom even the mighty angels exalt. Let's imitate their reverence and awe, recognizing the greatness of our Savior, born in a humble stable, yet the King of Kings worthy of all praise.

Apply

Model the angels’ response to Jesus’ birth and proclaim the good news. Who can you tell about Jesus today? Invite a friend or loved one to a Christmas service.

Despite the chaos of everyday life, how can we have a spirit of joy and gratitude rooted in the truth of Jesus’ birth? Be grateful.

Pray

Lord, today I commit to tell one person about you and to invite them to church this week. Lead me to someone who is ready to hear of your great love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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