Luke 2:14

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

At the end of the day, Jesus was born in a manger, and that is worth saying, “Glory to God in the highest.” Fortunately for those involved on that day, and at that particular time in history, there was no Catholic Church to mix up the day or no retailers to turn it into a shopping spectacle. There was just...peace.

Rome was still savagely taking over the nation, the government under Herod was in turmoil and so was his personal life, and the economy and politics of the world was churning as a result of the times. Yet deep in the heart of Bethlehem, in the stillness of the night, and in an animal stable, peace came. Jesus Himself said, “Do not think I have come to bring peace” (Matthew 10:34). It wasn’t that He was going to bring peace to the world’s chaos and still the storm of the world, it would only continue to be that way, but He, Jesus Himself, was peace on earth.

The paganistic practices of the world, or the ever creeping influence of Laodicea on this event in history, shouldn’t matter one iota to the Believer. That all had a beginning and it will all have an ending. Vengeance is the Lord’s. Don’t strain at a gnat and swallow a camel (Matthew 23:24). All opinions and judgments aside, all shopping and all hustle and bustle aside, there is peace.

Jesus was the Word made flesh and dwelt among us. It is this event that should be celebrated. He was not the abolishment of the law, but the very fulfilment of it (Matthew 5:17). Unto “us”, unto you the Believer, even for the world that God so loved, was a child born. Glory to God in the highest.

On earth, peace. Is He your peace? He wants to be. Take just a few moments of your time and thank Him for what He did. Thank Him that, unto you, a child was born.

60-0604 - "To Whom Shall We Go?"

If you've ever got real peace, you've got Jesus. If you haven't got Jesus, you don't even know what peace means, until you come to Him. I've seen people: Kings, potentates, great men, athletes, movie stars, and all that; they're not peaceful. Look at them; watch their eyes a few minutes; they're—they're neurotics. See? No man, no woman, no child, no one can have peace outside of Jesus Christ. "My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth I unto you…" See? Not as the world gives you peace, but He has eternal peace, a resting peace. If you live, if you die, if… No matter if the rain comes or the sun shines, you got peace anyhow. I like Brother Shakarian's old number he sings; great big old fellow sings, "I got peace like the river; I got peace like the river." Oh, that's right. When you got Peace, you've got Christ; Christ is your Peace. So that's why we must come to Christ to find peace.

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