Summary: CHRISTMAS IN JULY!!!! To our shame we often limit Luke chapter 2 to the Christmas season when in fact verse 14 gives us daily and eternal peace!
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, good will toward men.
If it is possible for the retail stores, and secular radio stations to have a “Christmas In July” certainly it is the right of the children of God to have a little Christmas story in July. To our detriment we often only read, teach, and preach the second chapter of Luke during the Christmas season when in fact it’s message is more applicable to our daily existence. The birth of Christ was indeed the greatest gift of Heaven, for without the birth there would be death, burial, and resurrection and therefore no hope! There were other gifts mentioned with the birth of Christ that we often overlook and in fact possibly ignore them when without them our day-to-day lives would be unbearable. Can you recall the times in your life when there was no peace in your heart or soul? The constant desire for fulfillment, satisfaction, love, acceptance, understanding, and fellowship with something greater than yourself! Before the birth of Christ there was no true peace nor good will in the earth! The earth lay in wait for the coming judgment of a righteous God for their sins. The sacrificial blood of animals postponed the inevitable judgment from year to year but it could never remove sins great curse for good. Not having forgiveness or complete redemption no one could have a true inner peace that was provided in the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. The peace and good will provided was a gift from the Creator unto His creation and is given unto any who will accept His Son as personal Saviour yet there are still some who will not believe. Some have to out into eternity without ever accepting the gift of salvation, which brings peace and is the good will of the Heavenly Father. In their eternal state of separation from God, the second death, they will never find peace but constant torment in the Lake of Fire.
Let us now consider the gifts given that night and proclaimed by the Heavenly Host unto the earth. My prayer is that we will acknowledge the gift and the giver this night and that no one would be able to leave the service without confronting themselves and accepting the peace and good will of the Father.
Peace On Earth, Good Will Towards Men.
Peace On Earth: Luke 2:14
Promise of Peace: The Old Testament saint only had a promise of peace.
6 Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.
25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.