“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth …, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.”

Isaiah 60:1-2

Jesus was born into a modest family in humble circumstances. Since Mary and Joseph could not get a room at an inn in Bethlehem, the baby was delivered in a cattle stall. His birth was not announced in the town square by king’s messengers with trumpets, but to anonymous farm workers on a dark hillside. Jesus’ advent was so significant that it changed the shepherds’ lives and the course of human history for all eternity.


The angel who brought the message was evidence that something world-changing was happening. He was surely impressive. Even more, he brought with him the glory of the Lord in piercing light, otherworldly beauty, and supernatural power.


It seems upside-down for the Son of God to be born in a stable. The King of Heaven had broken into the commonness of our world with power and majesty … light and life conquering death and darkness. He came to save us from our sins and to offer us eternal life. The glory of the Lord at Christ’s advent is proof of who He is and what He came to do. And He is just what we need!

Scripture Focus

Luke 2:8-14


“We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

Bible In A Year

  • Ezekiel 47-48
  • Proverbs 4
  • Hebrews 3-4