Singing at the birth of Jesus
And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest and on earth each among those with home He is pleased.”
Luke 2:13-14 ESV
Why do we sing at birthdays? Because we were made to celebrate life.
Why do so many of us love to sing at Christmas? Singing brings joy and happiness. It revives and restores the soul. These verses show us that singing is part of our design by the Creator.
Jesus’ birth was announced and heralded with joyful singing. The angels glorified God with the voices He gave them. Their song proclaimed peace and good will to men. But more specifically to those with whom God is pleased. This points to our adoption as sons and daughters by God. He chose you!
The angels praised God because His redemption plan was taking a huge step forward in the birth of the Messiah – God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Just as creation groaned for reconciliation, perhaps the angels also longed for creation to again be restored to peace with God.
There will be singing in heaven as well!
And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”
Revelation 5:7-12 ESV
All the glory, praise, and honor belongs to our God and to the Lamb, Jesus Christ. As you sing this during the Advent season, think about the rejoicing and singing in heaven that is happening now as people come to know God through Jesus and about the future singing we will all join in.
God bless you and your family during this Advent season.
– Pastor Mark Massaro