Saturday, 23 December 2017

Glória in excélsis Deo

Gerard van Honthorst: Adoration of the Shepherds (1622). Public domain (Google Art Project).

Joel Kontinen

Glória in excélsis Deo are words that mark the time God began a new era in His dealings with mankind.

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”(Luke 2:14, NKJV), the angels and heavenly hosts told the shepherds to whom they announced these glad tidings.

Adam’s descendants were unable to set right the wrong things their predecessor had done by rebelling against his Maker, so God had to step into human history to reconcile mankind to Himself.

Christmas fulfilled the prophecies uttered by Old Testament prophets such as Isaiah and Micah.

Christ, the Lamb of God, chose to live among human beings to lead us to salvation.