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The Grand Entrance

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."  Luke 2:13–14 NIV

the grand entranceThe king of pop made the grand entrance of all time.

In January 1993, Michael Jackson performed the half-time show of Superbowl 27. After James Earl Jones introduced Jackson, Jackson shot out of the top of the Jumbo-Tron, danced on top of the giant screen, and then shot out of the other Jumbo-Tron and danced on top of that screen.

Next, the camera panned to the stage in the middle of the football field, and Jackson exploded from the floor. Fire and smoke appeared, and the crowd screamed. For ninety-three seconds, Jackson stood on stage without moving a muscle. Then, he slowly turned his head and took off his sunglasses. A guitar squealed, the drums rumbled, and the biggest show in television history began.

For most superstars, making an entrance is almost as important as the performance. The entry is carefully choreographed, and every step is planned and practiced. The superstar makes their first impression.

But have we ever thought about the entrance of the King of kings? James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader, announced Michael Jackson. But Jesus was announced by an angel sent by God. Being introduced by an angel was impressive, but it got better. A heavenly army joined him, and they all praised God. What an entrance!

To praise means to speak of God’s excellence. Some people believe the angels weren’t talking but singing praises to God. Whether they were speaking or singing isn’t the question. The real question is how it sounded. Was it like the bass guitar at a concert, rumbling in our guts? Did the shepherds feel it rattle deep in their bones? Did the shepherds hear the angels proclaim Messiah was born, or did they feel the angels proclaim His birth? Regardless, it had to be a remarkable entrance.

The Messiah—the Savior of the world, God in the flesh—stepped out of eternity and into time. The Creator entered His creation. He deserved more than a heavenly host. He warranted the world stopping and falling to their faces as they wept because they were near Him.

Christ is coming again, and the entire world will know when He does. He will make a grand entrance of monumental proportions.

How are you preparing for the Messiah’s grand entrance? 

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Tiffany Martin

Tiffany Martin is a writer.