Peace on Earth

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Peace on earth.

If we look around us, it certainly doesn’t seem like there is peace on earth. Maybe it’s something on a smaller scale, like the carolers are out of tune or the tinsel fell down. That’s enough to ruin anyone’s idealistic holiday!

Or maybe it’s something much more serious. Maybe a loved one passed this year and won’t be there to celebrate Christmas with us. Flip on the news and it’s easy to see that there is still war and unrest.

Yet the angels proclaimed peace on earth to the shepherds.

Peace on earth?

When Jesus was born, the Israelites were under the rule of the Romans and had been for many years. Herod, in a desperate attempt to find and kill Jesus, called for a decree that would destroy baby boys two years old and younger. I’m quite sure their families would’ve questioned the phrase, “Peace on earth” had it been told to them.

Peace on earth?

“Our sons are dead!”

Peace on earth?

“God has been silent for 400 years!”

Peace on earth?

“We are hardly free to worship our God. We are under extreme oppression.”

Yet in a smelly place where animals lived, a young girl named Mary brought forth her firstborn son into the world. In a manger where animals fed on hay, our humble Savior lay.

And suddenly, the silence of the past 400 years was shattered.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Into the chaos of the world, peace was born.

Into the silence, peace was ushered in like a whisper.

Into our heartache, peace came forth to soothe.

The moment Jesus was born, I doubt most of the world noticed. They still were under the oppression of the Romans. They still had to rush to their hometowns to register for the census.

The only difference was that Light had come. Jesus was born to save us and be our peace. Our Emmanuel.

The storms of life may still rage and roar. We may still be rushing around to get the last-minute details finished before our festivities begin.

But let us remember that despite everything, Peace was born that Christmas Day to live in our hearts.

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