“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 among those with whom he is pleased!”” (Luke 2:13–14).
No one on earth at that time really understood the full meaning of Jesus birth. Mary responds to the message about John and Elizabeth’s prophecy with “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my soul rejoices in God my Savior” (1:46-47). Simon took Jesus “in his arms and blessed God” (2:28). But for a multitude of the heavenly host to praise God in unison, this is an event like none other. The news is proclaimed to shepherds out in the field by “an angel of the Lord…and the glory of the Lord shone around them”. This is an extraordinary event that has never happened before and will never happen again, and demands glory and praise to accompany its announcement!
The wonder of God becoming incarnate and dwelling among us needs to awaken our praise. The coming of Jesus to earth was not for the angels, it was for sinful man. Yet the angels were fully aware of such an event on earth and it demanded their worship (see Hebrews 1:6). How much more should we for whom Christ came to redeem, be joined in abandoned worship for the love, mercy and grace of God toward man!