Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
The glorious arrival of Christ signals the necessary departure of self. The kingship of HE must replace the kingship of me (and of we).
The kingly glory of Jesus Christ, this glorious majesty of God, shined brightly in indescribable splendor and brilliance, and it trumpeted his arrival by birth at Bethlehem to those unsuspecting shepherds that day. “Glory to God in the highest”, the angelic host proclaimed.
The Greek word “doxa”, translated glory, has a definition that of the “kingly majesty of the Messiah”, and this is also the root of our liturgical term “doxology” (literally glory-sayings) regarding Christ.
This word “doxa” is also used in many places of note in scripture: For instance, this glory is the same astounding and transformative kingly glory that the apostles Peter, James, and John witnessed at Jesus’ transfiguration (all 3 synoptic gospels), as well as the same glory of Christ, our lamb slain on our behalf, later witnessed in vision by the Apostle John in Revelation.
And today, Dec. 26th, St. Stephen’s Day, we’re reminded from the book of Acts that after Stephen preached to the religious leadership (Sanhredrin) on the death of Jesus, the people responded by angrily roaring out to stone him to death. But before being killed, filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen looked up to Heaven and saw this same “doxa” glory of God with Jesus at his Father’s right hand (Acts 7:55) giving Stephen the peace and inspiration to let go and forgive his murderers, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them”.
Glory creates a paradigm shift towards mercy and grace.