Do You Need Peace?

As we continue in our study of the five Christmas songs of the Bible, we take a look at the song the angels sang to the shepherds that blessed Christmas so many years ago.
The account of this beautiful song is found in Luke 2:8-14:
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

First, I find it interesting that each time an angel comes to bring a message to people, the angel usually says, “Do not be afraid”. That should be an encouragement to us as Christians, as we should not fear the word or “message” from the Lord. When the heavenly hosts accompanied the first angel, they started praising God. They glorified God, and pronounced peace to men on whom His favor rests. Again, this refers to Christians (those who believe in and follow Christ). God longs to give us His favor, and He also wants to give us His peace. I also find it interesting how the first angel who spoke told the shepherds not to be afraid, and then God’s peace was mentioned.
When you are afraid, do you run to the safety of Jesus and ask Him for His peace? Or, do you seek comfort and peace elsewhere? Maybe in material possessions? Maybe you seek your comfort and peace in another human being. Or, maybe you try to bring peace upon yourself.

Also keep in mind that when Jesus was born, the world was anything but peaceful. People were in their hometowns for the census, and I’m sure many towns were crowded and busy. There was no time to stop and think that the Savior of the world was to be born right in their midst! Oh, how I wish we would’ve known…
Does this non-peaceful environment sound like your town? Is everyone in such a hurry that they miss the real meaning of Christmas? May they too miss the gift of peace, just as many did all those years ago?
Maybe it sounds like your life. Or, maybe it just sounds like your heart. Maybe your life has been shattered with tragedy. Maybe you’re just stressed, and you’re trying to figure out life on your own. I want to encourage all of us to stop…
Ask God for His peace that passes all understanding. Ask Him to make Christmas, and every day real and new to us again.

There once was a gift,
wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
Some saw Him as a babe,
Herod saw Him as a threat to the throne.
But He was Christ, the King of Kings, the chosen one.
Some saw Him as He really was, the Savior of the world.
Many missed this gift and so I beg you please,
do not miss this gift, the perfect prince of peace.

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December 17, 2007. The Monday Meal.

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