Glory to God in the Highest!

Angel Envelope Art…

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Above the hills of Bethlehem are gathered an innumerable throng of angels. They wait the signal to declare the glad news to the world. Had the leaders in Israel been true to their trust, they might have shared the joy of heralding the birth of Jesus. But now they are passed by.  
God declares, “I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground.” “Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness.” Isaiah 44:3Psalm 112:4. To those who are seeking for light, and who accept it with gladness, the bright rays from the throne of God will shine.  
In the fields where the boy David had led his flock, shepherds were still keeping watch by night. Through the silent hours they talked together of the promised Saviour, and prayed for the coming of the King to David’s throne. “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”  
At these words, visions of glory fill the minds of the listening shepherds. The Deliverer has come to Israel! Power, exaltation, triumph, are associated with His coming. But the angel must prepare them to recognize their Saviour in poverty and humiliation. “This shall be a sign unto you,” he says; “Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”  
The heavenly messenger had quieted their fears. He had told them how to find Jesus. With tender regard for their human weakness, he had given them time to become accustomed to the divine radiance. Then the joy and glory could no longer be hidden. The whole plain was lighted up with the bright shining of the hosts of God. Earth was hushed, and heaven stooped to listen to the song,—  
“Glory to God in the highest, 
And on earth peace, good will toward men.”  
Oh that today the human family could recognize that song! The declaration then made, the note then struck, will swell to the close of time, and resound to the ends of the earth. When the Sun of Righteousness shall arise, with healing in His wings, that song will be re-echoed by the voice of a great multitude, as the voice of many waters, saying, “Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” Revelation 19:6.  
As the angels disappeared, the light faded away, and the shadows of night once more fell on the hills of Bethlehem. But the brightest picture ever beheld by human eyes remained in the memory of the shepherds. “And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”
From the Book, The Desire of Ages.

Needed Now!

We all need love. 

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God is love.

Love is God’s nature, His way, His modus operandi. He loves. That is what He does.

Therefore, God loves you. Let’s take a look.

1 John 4:8. “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

In this verse God says to you, “I am love.”

Jeremiah 31:3. “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

God says: I have always loved you. You are the object of my love. I am continually seeking to attract you with my lovingkindness.

John 15:9. “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.”

God says: Make your home in my love.

John 3:17, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

God says: I do not condemn you. I want you to be saved.

John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”

God says, I want you to be happy.

There is so much more good news—you can have peace, freedom from guilt, and hope for your future. The Bible also explains why there is suffering and that soon there will be no more suffering.

 

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