The Sounds Of Christmas
Luke 2:13 & 14 (NKJV)
…there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
What would a whole multitude of angels praising God sound like? Heavenly, I am sure!
It is Christmas Day! What sounds do you hear today?
These are the sounds of the first Christmas – sounds of angels singing praises to our God. There is indeed no better way to welcome the coming of Jesus our Savior than to sing praises to our Heavenly Father.
When the angels praise God and declare peace on earth, goodwill toward men, they are proclaiming God’s purpose for the whole world, for all time. It is God’s desire for harmonious relationships among all people and nations. It is God’s plan for all the world to enjoy His peace which encompasses wholeness, prosperity and health.
Maybe you are already beginning to think, “There is no peace on earth.” Truly, the news headlines every day more often than not, are not pleasant. Hostages are taken captive. Political protests taken to the streets. Uprising against the government. The list goes on and on.
Or perhaps the lack of peace is felt closer to home than all that. There are conflicts in your home, workplace or in other relationships. Or you are feeling disturbed and not at rest about certain issues that are taking place in your life.
But my friends, despite all these, there is still a resounding message ringing through the air, “Peace on earth and goodwill to men.”
Today, God wants us to lay hold of this truth today as we celebrate Christmas. God assures us that what the angels proclaim about the coming of Jesus two thousand years ago, that is still His purpose and plan for you and me and the world.
Christmas is God’s gift of peace and goodwill in the Person of His Son Jesus.
The peace that Jesus has come to give does not begin with the physical. It is divine and supreme. The peace Jesus brings on earth to all men is not circumstantial nor is it fabricated. It comes from knowing that Jesus is our Savior and King.
All of us want peace in every area of life, but peace comes only when you let Jesus, the Prince of Peace, come into your heart. In the midst of all the turmoil and darkness of this present world, each of us can have divine peace and goodwill in our lives right now, by accepting the Prince of Peace into our hearts as Savior and Lord.
Through Jesus Christ, we are no longer separated from God but have a relationship with Him. We are at peace with God. Through Jesus living inside us, we are empowered to also be at peace with others.
These are the Words of Jesus in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Is there restlessness in your soul that needs comfort today? The Word of God tells us in Colossians 3:15 “…let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts…”, and the Word in Philippians 4:7 says, “…the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus…”
On this Christmas Day, choose to receive the peace of Christ into your heart. His peace transcends all physical circumstances and emotional unrest.
On this Christmas Day, remember that God reached out to us, so that we can spend the rest of our lives reaching out to Him, drawing near to Him, living in His peace and goodwill.
We have the wonderful Gospel that transforms our own lives and that can transform the lives of others, bringing peace to their world of turmoil and unrest. Be reminded this Christmas to be always prepared to tell others Jesus has come to give us peace and goodwill.
Merry and Blessed Christmas, everyone.
Let us pray together.
“Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to bring to us peace and goodwill. Thank You that He paid for my sins by dying on the Cross. And thank You that He rose again and defeated death. This Christmas, I commit my life to You once again, O Lord. I want to live my life every day giving praises to Your Name and remembering the peace, favor and goodwill You give. Let my lips be ever ready to tell everyone the reason for the hope I have. Thank You, Father, for Your love for me. I praise and worship You. I Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”