Encouragement for your daily walk with God
Did the angels get it wrong on that night so long ago? In beautiful harmony they proclaimed to the shepherds, “Peace on earth, good will toward men” [Luke 2:14]. Those divine messengers heralded peace and goodwill because, in Bethlehem, a Savior would be born.
Seriously, Peace? Good will? With global terrorism ongoing, and the great number of impoverished people in the world, or perhaps your own upheaval and unrest, do you wonder if the angels got it wrong?
Is it any wonder that people mock the message of peace rather than marvel at it? Of course, the angels weren’t proclaiming peace between nations. Their message was the good news about peace with God—the payment He would make to deliver mankind from their sins.
He is our peace because He paid the ultimate price to abolish sin. He died and rose again, and because of that, all the angst and unrest in our lives—the guilt of sin—has come to an end.
So now, as a Christ follower, He declares, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” [John 14:27]. The Prince of Peace has come, and He is in charge of your life. Neither the turmoil in the world, nor the problems you face can diminish for one second the freedom from the guilt of sin that is yours in Christ.
Talk about peace and good will! And not just at Christmastime. Always. Because “unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given—the Prince of Peace.”
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6