And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”-Luke 2:10-14 ESV
The mystery of Salvation, the WORD of GOD is called the GOSPEL! The GOSPEL means GOOD NEWS! Roughly 800 years before the incarnation of CHRIST Isaiah spoke this vision: Therefore my people shall know my name. Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here I am.” How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”(Is 52:6-7) Do you bring the GIFT of BEAUTY and PEACE to others by knowing and sharing the GOOD NEWS of JESUS?
Leader, there are different types of PEACE: The peace of the world, The PEACE of God and PEACE with GOD! Believers have an obligation to “let the peace of God rule” in their hearts (Colossians 3:15). This means we have the choice either to trust God’s promises (letting His peace rule) or to rely on ourselves and reject the peace He offers. Jesus gave His disciples peace based on the truth that He has overcome the world (John 14:27; 16:33). Peace is a fruit of the Spirit, so, if we are allowing the Spirit of God to rule in our lives, we will experience His peace. To be spiritually minded brings life and peace, according to Romans 8:6.
Conduit, A key PURPOSE of the GIFT of the BABY JESUS in the manger is identified in v14-“Peace on earth”. Isaiah had predicted the Messiah would be the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), and He is called the Lord of peace in 2 Thessalonians 3:16. It is through Christ’s work of justification that we can have peace with God (Romans 5:1), and that PEACE WITH GOD, is the ONLY thing that will keep our hearts and minds secure! (Phil 4:7) Specifically the BIBLE says Jesus came to bring PEACE to those that “HE IS PLEASED WITH”. How does the GIFT that we celebrate on CHRISTMAS feel LOVED and APPRECIATED by HIS GIFTEES? FAITH! And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Heb 11:6) Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (John 14:23) If you want HIS PEACE, know HIM and HIS WORD. Today- Accept the GIFT of the BABY in the MANGER and SHARE HIS Good News and spread PEACE on earth to those WHO KNOW HIS name and those who WANT the PEACE OF GOD! The Time is now!