December 13, 2023

Realms of Glory

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.”—Luke 2:9 KJV

Born to missionary parents, James Montgomery remained behind to attend school when they went into the field. But both parents died while overseas, causing him untold trauma. He responded by turning away from Christianity.

He became a writer and editor, championing social issues such as the fight against slavery. He was so outspoken that his opinions offended many in authority. Twice he was jailed in an effort to silence him.

Challenged by these life experiences, Montgomery began to study the Bible with greater intensity, motivated in part by a desire to understand the faith of his parents. As a result of this quest, he dedicated his life to Christ.

On Christmas Eve 1816, he published a poem that expressed his understanding. This became the hymn we know as “Angels from the Realms of Glory.”

Describing the way the Good News was announced, he called angels to “wing your flight o’er all the earth” as they proclaimed the Messiah’s birth. He wrote how everyone needed to come to Jesus. Sages needed to leave all behind to seek the baby Jesus, the “desire of nations.”

Motivated by his concern for social justice, Montgomery warned of the need to break the chains of sin, concluding with this refrain: “Come and worship Christ, the newborn King.”

This Christmas, turn your heart toward Jesus. Experience the fullness of His forgiveness, power, and freedom. Worship Him, for He is the King.

Reflection Question: How can you tell those around you about the Good News of Jesus’ birth?

Prayer
Father, thank You for sending Jesus to save me from my sins. I praise You for the gift of eternal life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Luke 2

Prayer
Father, thank You for sending Jesus to save me from my sins. I praise You for the gift of eternal life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Luke 2