December 24, 2014
Peace on Earth
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace…” Luke 2:14
Maybe it is a good thing that we have all this pre-Christmas rush of activity that can become so overwhelming. By the time the actual day of Christmas arrives, for most people it will seem relatively calm. And isn’t that what the day is all about! Peace!
The arrival of Jesus in the flesh ushered in peace for the world, not just for a day, but for eternity. What does peace mean? The angelic proclamation was not just about us getting along with each other, but about God’s decision to make peace with us sinners. Jesus said that He gives peace that the world cannot give. Paul calls it a peace beyond our understanding. We would try to comprehend and create peace by treaties, truces, and time-outs. Jesus brings peace that is much deeper and eternal. With His peace, accomplished on the cross, He erases with forgiveness the sin that causes conflict among us and with our God. He lifts the fear of facing death and final judgment. No human arrangement can bring this peace. Only a divine sacrifice so pure and holy can reconcile the Holy God to sinful humans.
I pray that Christmas Day brings a calm spirit of celebration and rest in your heart and mind. The “duties” and “preparation” of the season are mostly finished. Now receive Him who has done all things for you to bring peace in your life, today, all year, and forever.
Peace Love and Joy in Christ, Pastor Tom Konz