Angels We Have Heard on High
Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the newborn king.
Gloria in excelsis Deo;
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Did you hear the invitation in this song? Come to Bethlehem and see. For those who had been looking for Messiah, they would have known where He was going to be born: Bethlehem.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past. (Micah 5:2)
And specifically what the angels had to say: Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” (vss. 9-15)
So the shepherds go to Bethlehem, and what did they see? The newborn king. But He’s not just any king. We learn from Revelation 19:16, And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” The Apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Colossians: Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. (Colossians 1:15-20)
He the King of kings and Lord of Lords, and He is also the Creator and Sustainer of all; He is the first; He has reconciled everything; and He has made peace with everything. There is much to see and there is much to adore.
What’s keeping you from accepting this invitation? So come, adore on bended knee.