Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men! Luke 2:14
At the heart of human aspiration has been the longing for peace. While some rulers have destroyed peace willingly, those affected have longed for a return to peace for their families and communities. It was the longing in Israel as well: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” was the psalmist’s admonition (Psalm 122:6). Gradually, the Messiah was seen as the only One who could restore peace to Israel and Jerusalem.
Such was the prophecy of Isaiah concerning the Messiah. He would be called “Prince of Peace,” and of His peace “there will be no end” (Isaiah 9:6-7). So when the angels appeared to the Bethlehem shepherds, glorifying God for the birth of the Savior, their announcement echoed the prophets’ desire: “On earth peace, goodwill toward men!” The Savior whose birth they announced was the Prince of Peace foretold by the prophet. Jesus came to bring peace to all who would receive Him—along with comfort, joy, and salvation. And He will bring peace to the whole world at His return.
Do you need peace this Christmas season? It is to be found in Jesus: “My peace I give to you” (John 14:27).
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