The words we are going to read from Scripture were probably part of a hymn sung by the early Christian believers. You'll notice that the first line of this hymn is a statement about the birth and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. So I think it would be fair to describe this hymn as a Christmas carol and probably therefore one of the earliest Christmas carols ever written, a song of praise for Jesus Christ sung by the earliest Christian believers1 Timothy 3:16 says:
He appeared in a body,
was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
was taken up in glory.
I want to reflect on just one line from this carol, and it's the great statement in the middle, that Christ "was seen by angels." Seen by angels. It's a phrase that invites us really to view the whole of the Christmas story from the perspective of the angels. Now, we sometimes think about the Christmas story through the eyes of the shepherds, for whom it was great good news and great joy. Or sometimes we think about it through the eyes of the wise men, for whom the coming of Jesus was the beginning and the ending of a long search. We sometimes even think about the Christmas story through the eyes of Herod, for whom it meant the overturning of everything that he stood for and all that he had in place in his life. This morning I want us to think about the Christmas story as it was seen by angels. He appeared in a body. He was seen by angels.
We know that when God created the heavens and the earth he created man and woman as the pinnacle of his earthly creatures. That is why human life is of inestimable value and worth. But God not only created earth and human life. God also created the heavens, and just as ...
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