Peace On Earth
by: Saju Varghese
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly
host praising God and saying:
14 "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward
Peace? On earth? Who are you kidding? Earth is filled with strife and
What were the angels talking about? What could their message mean, on
that night so long ago, when they appeared to the shepherds outside of
Even Jesus made it clear that His first coming to earth was not for the
purpose of bringing peace on earth.
51 "Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not
at all, but rather division.
Then what were the angels rejoicing about? What was the big deal that
night in Bethlehem?
They were speaking of peace between God and man, not peace among mankind.
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
And that is why we can rejoice and celebrate Christmas: Jesus did
everything necessary to erase all alienation between God and mankind.
Jesus broke down all the barriers between God and man. Now, through Jesus,
we can know God intimately, and enjoy His fellowship.
Although the work was not finished just by Jesus being born, yet the angels
saw the love that prompted God to take on a human form, and they looked
forward in faith to the completion of mankind's redemption.
The angels were proclaiming peace and good will from God to mankind. God is
not against you. God loves you. God is not your problem. So, turn to God,
instead of turning away from Him.
That is the true message of Christmas. Everyone can be right with God,
because of God's gift -- Jesus Christ.
What is heaven? It is the eternal bliss which God is enjoying.
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