An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.Luke 2:9
How can you describe the glory of Christmas Day? Even before I was born again, there was something mystical and magical about Christmas Day. Many, many memories crowd my mind as I think of Christmases past in my life. From the new bike to the telescope, from the chocolate covered cherries to the Christmas feast, it was always a special day. But beyond the presents and the food there was always the awareness of the unspoken glory that permeated that day. Even as a child I can remember being in awe of what I now know as Glory. Martin Luther spoke of this heavenly light in one of his Christmas sermons. Here is an excerpt.
“First of all, the event described in this passage wasn’t merely one person telling another some good news. An angel came from heaven and announced the birth of Christ to the shepherds. No human being knew anything about it. Second, notice that Christ was born at midnight. This shows that the world was dark at his coming and human reason on its own can’t recognize Christ. Heaven must reveal it. Third, the bright light, which surrounded the shepherds, shows that something completely different from the light of reason is needed. Luke says, “The glory of the Lord shone around them.” He calls the light that shone the glory of the Lord. Why? He does this to emphasize the mystery and show us the nature of the gospel. It is a heavenly light that teaches Christ. The angel in this story is like all of the preachers of the gospel, and the shepherds are like all listeners. Accordingly, the gospel comes from heaven and doesn’t tolerate any other teaching added to it, for human teaching is earthly light and human glory. It lifts up human glory and praise and makes people arrogantly rely on their own efforts. But the gospel teaches everyone to trust in Christ. So rely completely on God’s grace and goodness. Glorify Christ and be bold in him.”
After I was born again I gradually began to put the pieces together. What I had thought was magical was just the Glory of The Lord that permeates that day of all days. I know most people speculate that Christ was not born on December 25 but I am just naive enough to believe He was. Do I have proof? Not the kind of proof the natural man is looking for. The kind of proof I have is found in the hearts of children of all ages. The proof for me was the excitement and anticipation that filled my heart as a child, not even a brand new red bike could have created that kind of expectancy. Whether He was born on that calendar date or not, He has chosen to fill that day with His Christmas Glory. So today, this day of all days, become a child again. Enjoy the Christmas Glory for today a Savior has been born for you.