The beauty of morning light breaking across a darkened sky can often be beautiful, but the beauty of the morning light from heaven is breathtaking. Christ, the morning light from heaven, is filled with phenomenal beauty. We read in Proverbs:
“Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: And I was daily his delight, Rejoicing always before him;” Proverbs 8:30 KJV
Christ existed before time began, long before His birth in Bethlehem. (Read the whole of chapter 8 of Proverbs to find out more.) Christ brought up with the Father, was daily His delight. What a glorious thought that Christ was always with His Father, even before He was laid in a manger in the stable in Bethlehem. He came from the world of light. This indescribable, heavenly morning light broke into our world.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:5 NLT
Heaven couldn’t contain its excitement as:
“Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God.” Luke 2:13 NLT
I always imagine the angels couldn’t help themselves. One was sent to announce the Saviour’s birth, and suddenly, a ‘vast host’ of others joined in. They burst through the veil of darkness with such a thrill of hope for men.
Men were drawn to the morning light. Shepherds, amazed at the sights in the sky, left their flocks on the hillside to find the baby lying in the manger. They couldn’t contain their excitement after being in the presence of light.
“After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened.” Luke 2:17 NLT
Now, the shepherds had caught the joy bug! They couldn’t keep quiet. And not only that, but the message the angel brought to the shepherds was:
‘“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.”’ Luke 2:10 NLT
This same thrilling, bursting joy is given to us at Christmas time. Lift your eyes and see the morning light from heaven. Let it fill you with joy and hope in believing.