Imagine that you are one of the angels created by God and stayed faithful to God. You have seen Jesus on his throne in heaven. He is the one who created you. He is the one you have worshiped since he created you. He is the one that has sent you to do his bidding to serve human beings, sinful human beings.
As an angel you have seen Jesus in all of his power and glory and you know he is the creator God.
Now imagine coming to the manger in Bethlehem where Jesus is a human baby who has just been born. If I was one of the angels, it would BLOW MY MIND. The all powerful Son of God who created everything is now a human baby.
The angels were perhaps astounded by it all. He left his throne to become one of the humans that dared to sin against God and who are weak and vulnerable and yet God loves them so much that sent Jesus to be their Savior. You are well aware that there is no Savior or salvation for the fallen angels.
Perhaps you are one of the angels sent to be the announcement choir to the shepherds, lowly men who smelled bad because they were with the sheep all day every day and God chooses to announce the birth of the one you have seen on his throne in heaven to these shepherds.
Is it any wonder that Peter wrote of the angels in 1 Peter 1:
“Even angels long to look into these things.”
What things? The things pertaining to the gospel our salvation according to the context of the chapter.
They long to understand it all.
But they are not created in God’s image. Only human beings are. They are not called God’s children. Only human beings who have received Jesus are.
I think if we stop and try to comprehend the true first Christmas from the perspective of the angels, it will amaze us.
John tried to describe what he saw when he was taken up into the throne room of Jesus in heaven in Revelation 1:
“I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars,and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance”
No wonder John’s reaction was:
“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.”
Fortunately for John, Jesus put his hand on John’s shoulder and said It is me don’t be afraid.
That is the Jesus the angels had seen for thousands of years on his throne in heaven. No wonder they long to understand how Jesus could become a human baby to be our Savior. That is the core of the gospel. Because he loves us, Jesus left heaven to be born to grow to die for us and defeat death for us through his resurrection.
If you take time to ponder this, please share your reaction.
Thank you for reading, God Bless.