While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (NIV) Luke 2:6-7
2700 years ago, the prophet Isaiah said, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (NIV) Isaiah 9:2, 6
700 years later, “. . .there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 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. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.Â Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.'” (NIV Luke 2:8-11; 14)
You know the message God sent telling of the Good News of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (NIV Colossians 1:19-20) “. . . he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (NIV Isaiah 53:5) “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation. . .” (NIV Colossians 1:21-22)
Therefore, since those of us who have been justified through faith have peace with God through Jesus Christ. . . a peace which transcends all understanding. . . a peace from Jesus Himself. . . from Him who is, who was and who is to come. . . from the One who overcame the world! May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. . . may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way.
Written by Marji “Mike” Kruger