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 among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:13-14

As I read Luke’s account of the Christmas story (and being a math guy), I’ve often wondered how many angels actually appeared to the shepherds to proclaim the birth of Jesus. The Bible says “a multitude of the heavenly host”. Interestingly, one translation of “multitude” is “the whole number”. That’s impressive! I can picture this scene in heaven:

Angel: “Hey God, how many angels do you want to send down to the shepherds?”

God: “Send them ALL!”

Imagine how overwhelming and glorious that would have been for the shepherds- angels stretched across the entire sky to proclaim our Savior’s birth. God sent them all. God’s all in.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

The baby that the angels came to celebrate- the child that God sent- that was God’s one and only son. God sent his own son to perish, so that we wouldn’t have to. God’s all in.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8

That’s the good news that I like to think about during this Christmas season. God doesn’t wait until we are perfect. God doesn’t wait until we give up our sinful ways. God doesn’t even wait for us to accept Him into our lives. God already loves us, no matter where we are or where we have been. God’s all in.

  • Blog by Chris W.