Thursday, December 20, 2012

All Ye Citizens of Heaven Above

 “Sing, choirs of angels,
sing in exultation.
Sing, all ye citizens
of heaven above.
Glory to God in the highest.
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.”
“O Come All Ye Faithful”
by John Francis Wade
England, 1751

For more on the sins
of angels, click here.

Scripture tells us all the company of heaven sang on the day Jesus was born. The angels were happy for us, for the salvation they knew would be ours through that baby boy in the manger. Those angels and archangels still rejoice with us today. You see, angels know what salvation means because they don't have it. No one died for Lucifer’s sin or the sins of those who followed him in his fall from heaven to become demons. They are not forgiven, and so they are prisoners of hell.

Demons harbor a bitter hatred for mankind. They see us getting something we don't deserve: the love of God, and they're terribly jealous. They want us to reject God and suffer with them in their prison. Angels, on the other hand, see us getting something we don't deserve, and they rejoice for us, they celebrate God's love.

Yes, you and I will sing with choirs of angels, but we'll be different from them. We've been freely given a place in heaven as God’s own children despite having sinned in the worst way possible. God’s love is so incredible that citizens of both heaven and earth can't help but adore the Christ Child: the manifestation of that perfect love.

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 peace, good will toward men!"

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