Monday, 11 December 2017

Heavenly Hosts Sing, "Alleluia!"

Lettering by my friend @rach_forsyth

“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 peace among those on whom his favour rests!”

I can’t help but feel that this line does not belong in a carol called “Silent Night.”

When a multitude of heaven’s army-choir filled the heavens to praise God for the wisdom and grace and power and beauty held within the incarnation, as they praised him for his peace and favour and kindness to humanity in need of a Saviour, the night is anything but silent.  

What incredible sounds must have reverberated around the heavens as those who had beheld Jesus face to face from the beginning tried to sing his glories: what melodies, what harmonies, what a range of perfect notes, what a blend of unexpected harmonies must have sounded from this Choir of choirs.

How it must have contrasted the night that was silent, unimpressive and seemingly unremarkable in so many other ways.

I find it amazing to think that this is what accompanies the announcement of the Champion of Heaven being born in a manger. The angels do not accompany “a Saviour has been born to you!” with a rebuke to the Shepherds: “look what you made God do.”

Oh no, the angels sing of God’s grace, and delight in sending His Son.

Apart from anything else, this heavenly chorus is a reminder that the Father was not reluctant to give His Son to be a Saviour. The heavenly host sing a song of triumph: peace, favour and glory, glory, glory to God.
The Father is glad to rescue us. The Son is glad to be our rescuer.

For the joy set before him - his joy being our salvation- he endured the womb, the manger, the crown of thorns, the cross.

And the angels celebrate a God who finds delight in rescuing an unworthy people. That’s why heavenly hosts sing, “alleluia!”

God be praised, indeed!

Carol: Silent Night

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