“PEACE ON EARTH”

“GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST HEAVEN, AND ON EARTH PEACE TO THOSE ON WHOM HIS FAVOR RESTS.” LUKE 2:14 NIV

READ: LUKE 2:1-14

EVERY CHRISTMAS, WE SEE ‘PEACE ON EARTH’ SCROLLED ACROSS CHRISTMAS CARDS AND SHOPPING CENTER SIGNS. THE WORDS SEEM TO GIVE US HOPE IN OUR TROUBLED TIMES. IN THE HECTIC MODE OF THE SEASON, WE SEEM TO IGNORE WHAT GOD IS TELLING US. WE MAY BE IGNORING HIS SCRIPTURAL MESSAGE IN OUR HOPE FOR ‘PEACE ON EARTH’.

AROUND THE WORLD WE SEE TERRORISTS MURDERING THOSE WHO DISAGREE WITH THEM. ONLY A WEEK AGO, WE SAW NEWS REPORTS OF OVER 100 INNOCENT CHILDREN MURDERED IN THEIR SCHOOL. THERE IS NO PEACE FOR THESE PEOPLE OR THE TERRORISTS WHO ARE BRINGING ON THIS DESTRUCTION OVER MANY COUNTRIES. COUNTRIES ARE BEING PHYSICALLY DESTROYED. THEIR CITIZENS ARE BEING MURDERED, INJURED AND LEFT WITHOUT HOME OR FOOD.

GOD CREATED ALL MEN. HE CREATED ALL MANKIND AND GAVE US EACH A CHOICE TO DO GOOD OR EVIL. WE KNOW THIS SINCE ADAM AND EVE FOLLOWED THE DECEIT OF THE SERPENT AND OTHERS AGAIN AND AGAIN IGNORED GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE. HE WARNED US. YET, AS A PEOPLE WE CONTINUE TO DO IT OUR WAY. GOVERNMENTS WILL NOT CHANGE PEOPLE. PEOPLE WILL NOT CHANGE OTHER PEOPLE. THE PEOPLE OF THIS EARTH WILL ONLY CHANGE BY ACCEPTING GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS AND BLESSINGS.

THERE IS TO BE A ‘PEACE ON EARTH’, BUT IT IS NOT JUST A WORLD PEACE FROM WARS AND KILLINGS. WHILE WORLDLY PEACE SEEMS SO DESIRABLE, THIS IS NOT WHAT GOD’S WORD IS TELLING US.

GOD IS TELLING US THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE OF THE ‘PEACE’ WE WILL FIND WITH HIM WHILE ON THIS EARTH. BY DEVELOPING A TRUE ONE ON ONE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WE WILL FIND THE PEACE HE DESIRES. HE SENT HIS SON TO OFFER US THAT PEACE.

OUR SCRIPTURE VERSE TODAY ENDS IN “…AND ON EARTH PEACE TO THOSE ON WHOM HIS FAVOR RESTS.” READ IT AGAIN, CAREFULLY…”ON WHOM HIS FAVOR RESTS.” THIS WAS PROCLAIMED BY THE ANGELS UPON THE BIRTH OF JESUS. NO WHERE DOES OUR BIBLE TELL US IN THE OLD OR NEW TESTAMENT WE WILL LIVE IN A HARMONIOUS PEACE WITH EVERYONE ON EARTH. WE WILL NOT KNOW THIS WORLD WIDE PEACE UNTIL JESUS RETURNS.

YEARS LATER, JESUS TOLD US IN LUKE 12:51 (NIV) : “DO YOU THINK I CAME TO BRING PEACE ON EARTH? NO, I TELL YOU, BUT DIVISION.” THERE IS COMFORT IN HIS WORDS OF WARNING, BUT YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THEM. THE DIVISION IS BETWEEN BELIEVERS AND NON BELIEVERS. THOSE WHO BELIEVE WILL HAVE THE COMFORT OF GOD’S LOVE NO MATTER OF FAMILY SITUATIONS, ECONOMIC STRUGGLES, HEALTH ISSUES OR WAR.

OUR ‘PEACE ON EARTH’ IS THE PEACE WE HAVE WHILE ON THIS EARTH KNOWING GOD IS WITH US AS BELIEVERS IN UNITY WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT UNTIL CHRIST RETURNS. IF YOU DON’T KNOW THIS ‘PEACE ON EARTH’, ISN’T IT TIME YOU DID? TODAY IS YOUR DAY TO ACCEPT JESUS INTO YOUR LIFE. FIND GOD’S ‘PEACE ON EARTH’ AND ENJOY THIS CHRISTMAS AS NEVER BEFORE. FIND THIS PEACE AND YOU WILL FIND GOD’S GREATEST BLESSINGS.

BLESSINGS ARE REAL. GOD HAS BLESSED EVERY PERSON ON THIS EARTH. MOST DON’T KNOW THEY HAVE BEEN BLESSED. THEY ARE BLINDED BY THEIR OWN HUMAN, SELFISH DESIRES AND DON’T SEE WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN THEM. IF THEY DID KNOW GOD’S BLESSINGS, THEY WOULD BE WORSHIPING GOD INSTEAD OF CREATING WAR AND CRIME.

WHAT IS THE GREATEST BLESSING? THE GREATEST BLESSING IS THE BLESSING OF ‘KNOWING’ YOU ARE BLESSED!