So…Why Were Those Angels Praising God?
Adapted from the article “The War Is Over” by Andrew Wommack
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” —Luke 2:13-14
This scripture is very familiar to us, especially with Christmas approaching. But it’s often misunderstood. Some translations say they were proclaiming “good will among men” or “peace to men of good will.”
That’s not why these angels were praising God. If that were true, Jesus’ own words in Matthew 10:34 would contradict this. He said,
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”
Jesus said He was not sent to bring peace on the earth among people.
The peace the angels of Luke 2:13-14 were praising God for was peace BETWEEN God and man. They were announcing the end of God’s war on sin. That war is over! Sin isn’t a problem with God anymore. Neither your past, present, nor future sins can separate you from God.
The Old Testament Law was a ministry of wrath (Rom. 4:15 with 2 Cor. 3:7 and 9), and people’s sins were held against them. But when Jesus came, He actually became sin on the cross. This is exactly what 2 Corinthians 5:19 and 21 says:
“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation…For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
The word “reconciliation” is talking about making peace. God was no longer holding us accountable. Instead, He imputed our sins to Jesus, making Jesus accountable for our sins.
Jesus became sin so we could become what He was—the righteousness of God.
That is something to rejoice about and praise God for this Christmas and every day of every year.
Merry Christmas to you all!