Is Christmas a time of peace?

Posted on December 9, 2015 · Posted in Gospel, Holidays

 

Peace on Earth is a phrase associated with Christmas. But then a quick survey of the planet brings the response, “Not so much!” Why is that? Could the promise of Peace on Earth be false?

Let’s start with what was the proclamation that the angels made over 2,000 years ago:

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14

So, yes, peace on earth was promised. But to whom?

The Holy Spirit does not speak in sound-bites. That means that we are not free to decide which words of his we like and which ones we don’t like. The truth is that peace comes to those know God’s favor. In other words peace comes to those who know God through the sacrifice of his son Jesus. This is no other way than through Christ to know the peace of God.

For those who don’t know God, the war of the curse continues. But the angels do proclaim the time of hopelessness has ended. The wars of the heart can be stopped. Peace comes through the baby who would become a man who would become the sacrifice that finally brings peace.

The angel’s praise is really the sweet song of the gospel sung in all of its magnificent glory. Repeat the angel’s words with joy. Mankind no longer has to bear the curse of the garden and the awful mark of Cain. There is great reason to rejoice.

But when you share the angel’s message, share all of it. God’s peace comes through his Son. He is alone is the hope of life, the reason for joy, the savior of a lost and needy people.

The wisemen came before him awe and humility. May God grant you and me this same spirit. May he use us to spread the wonderful message of Peace on Earth!

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.