Posted by: missionventureministries | December 7, 2017

GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST – THE KING IS BORN – Luke 2:14

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14)

During this time of the year when we celebrate our Savior’s birth; even though no one knows the exact date of our Lord’s birth, we should exalt and honor Him for what He has done; because in His incarnation, in the descent from His majestic position since eternity past, He was made in the likeness of men through a miraculous conception and a virgin birth. Jesus was born of a woman so that He could die for His people, “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as son” (Galatians 4:4-5). 

The Son of God gave up His glory in heaven and the worship of angels to come to earth and be rejected by His own (John 1:11). “He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face. He was despised, and we did not esteem Him” (Isaiah 53:3). His coming to earth was a voluntary descent from His position as the majestic King of the universe to become a slave, because of His love for us. His purpose was for fallen man to be reconciled to the Father, therefore, He came as a suffering servant to give His life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28).  

In this greatest act of humility and love for us, the Son of Man was dishonored, shamed, mocked, beaten and flogged and yet remained silent, “He humbled Himself by being obedient to the point of death even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). His divine descent reached its lowest point when the perfect and sinless Son of Man became sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). As He hung on the cross taking on the sins of humanity and paying for them, the sinless Son of God cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46).  

We need to understand that Jesus was not questioning God; He was quoting the first line of Psalm 22, a deep expression of the anguish He felt when He took on the sins of the world, which caused Him to be separated from His Father. The physical agony was horrible, but even worse was the period of spiritual separation from God. This was what Jesus dreaded as He prayed to God in the garden of Gethsemane to if possible, let this cup pass from Him (Matthew 26:39). 

After the Son of Man experienced the depth of pain, humiliation and death, God gloriously raised Him from the dead (Matthew 28:6). His perfect work of redemption was finished, divine justice was fulfilled and the power of sin and death was defeated. Forty days later Jesus ascended into the glory of heaven (Acts 1:9). The suffering servant was lifted up to be the sovereign Shepherd of His sheep and an advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1). “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).  

As the Lord of lords, His Name deserves all dignity, honor, power and position; and God “seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 1:20-21).  

Our Creator and Savior was crucified to be crowned King of kings. Having “endured the cross,” He “has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). Our perfect High Priest, offered Himself as the only acceptable sacrifice, to a perfect God who demands perfection and then declared in victory, “It is finished” (John 19:30).  

As our High Priest He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25). After His perfect obedience to His Father’s will, the Lord Jesus returned to the glory He had with the Father before the world begun (John 17:5).  

May God grant us greater comprehension of the unfathomable love Jesus has for us, so that our hearts may be filled with greater love and devotion for Him. And whatever the season let us always proclaim the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).  

Jesus, the Son of God, our Redeemer is the only One that deserves all the glory: “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17).  

At Mission Venture Ministries we will serve Him anytime, anywhere and will do anything for Him, because Jesus alone is worthy of all our praise and honor! 

Wise men and women still seek, obey and adore Him!

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