Peace On Earth Goodwill Toward Men (Mankind)
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14
When the angels proclaimed the good news to the shepherds it was a two-fold proclamation. First, "Glory to God in the highest..." and second, "...and on earth peace goodwill toward men."
God's highest glory was essentially expressed in peace and goodwill toward men. The highest glory of God is the highest expression of Who He is, the fullest expression of His nature, character, power and love. All of this was wrapped up in a babe in the manger suddenly in one night as shepherds kept watch over their flocks.
God's highest glory came to dwell with men on the earth to bring peace and goodwill toward men. From God's point of view the curse of sin was broken, darkness was compelled to give way to the inextinguishable light, the chasm between man's sin and God's righteous was now bridged and whosoever would believe in Him would be saved and be born again unto eternal life.
God's highest glory was Jesus incarnate as a man to dwell with men to live as a man to offer Himself a sacrifice for the sins of the world, to die, to be buried and to rise again on the third day by the power of the Holy Spirit, to be seen of men for 40 days after the resurrection, then to ascend into Heaven, to sprinkle the heavenly altar with His sinless blood, then to sit down at the right hand of God the Father, there to make intercession for us as our High Priest and Advocate. And so much more...
Now, while we are here on the earth we have His peace if we have received Him by confessing with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believing in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead. His will for us is good and only good all the time.
We glorify Him in the highest when we believe and receive Him in our hearts and live His life by the power of the Holy Spirit in us—when we worship Him and Him alone as God and Lord.
Let every day of this wonderful season be filled with the glory of God in your thoughts, words and acts of love. Sing to Him in your heart. Join with the body of believers whenever possible to worship together and lift high praise to Him, share the joy, share the grace and goodness, share the love of God so others will see, hear, believe and know the highest glory of God and be filled with His peace and goodwill.
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
[Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace goodwill to men*]
* optional translation “…to men of goodwill