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LHM Daily Devotion – December 29, 2016 “Angel Armies”

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“Angel Armies”
December 29, 2016
Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host … (Luke 2:13a).
Read Luke 2:13-14.
One of my favorite Christmas presents was my army men. Those little, green guys could go anywhere. One of the best places was in my younger brother’s toy parking garage (remember that big box I claimed as mine?). The soldiers with flame throwers and bazookas were pretty easy to hit. But no matter how you threw the Lincoln Log bombs, you could never pick off the sniper hiding in the elevator. Having control of that army was amazing.

The shepherds saw an army that first Christmas too. After the angel made his magnificent announcement, a multitude of the heavenly host suddenly appeared. Luke described it as an angel army. The eternal Son of God, now lying as a Baby in Bethlehem’s manger, had created each and every one of them. He was their Lord, commanding them like a brilliant general.

Throughout the Old Testament He sent this angel army to shield and protect His people from their enemies. Now they have come to sing the praises of their Holy Commander. They call on all the inhabitants of heaven to give glory to God for keeping His promises and revealing His grace by sending His Son as a Man.

Jesus’ coming to earth fills heaven with glory and pours out peace upon the earth. That peace is offered to each and every man, woman and child. Jesus won that peace with God through His perfect life and His atoning sacrifice on the cross. Sadly, many will reject this greatest Christmas gift, and the peace and protection He came to bring.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your angel armies who protect us but, more importantly, thank You for winning our peace through Your life, death and resurrection. Grant me faith to never take Your salvation for granted. Amen.

Today’s Bible in a Year Reading: Nehemiah 12-13; Revelation 20

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