*Pastor’s Note: This is another short article I wrote in the late 90s along with some others for the Church section of the local newspaper where we lived in Globe, Arizona. I thought it might interest my readers and I HAVE updated some of the Scriptures references. All in all, it is pretty much as it was published in the Church editorial of the newspaper. The pictures were added for this posting.
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” – Luke 2:14. This IS the song of Christmas. It was first sung, not by one angel, which would have been magnificent enough, but by a multitude, a heavenly choir, one version of the Bible states, “a host of others (angels) – the armies of heaven.” (Luke 2:13 NLT). And the congregation they were singing too was not well to-do at all. It was not composed of famous athletes, movie stars or other celebrities of the time. No, the angels sang to poor shepherds.
But they sang of God’s glory. Why? Because Jesus Christ was born. ALL-man and ALL-God. Yes, He was only a helpless baby. His first clothes were rags, strips of cloth. And His first bed was a feeding trough, most likely filled with hay, surrounded with penned animals, hardly what we would call sanitary conditions. Yet the angels of heaven sang gloriously about Him. From our perspective His welcome into this world was pretty poor. But from a heavenly perspective the angels sang, “Glory to God.”
You see, this child was, and though no longer a child, is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). But you just might be asking yourself why has He not brought peace after more than two thousand years?
Simply because so many people STILL reject Him as the Prince of Peace, or, the Messiah for that matter. It is simply a choice man makes and God, in His infinite love for mankind will NOT force him to accept the gift of His Son.
“What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.” – James 4:1-2. This was penned many years later under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Still you ask, WHY is there no peace?
James was telling us that inner peace is needed first and foremost. It has to start from the inside, deep within the spirit of man. There is only ONE who can give that to us and He was born just over two thousand years ago.
But, if you choose to receive this Christ of Christmas, you too can find inner peace and then you can sing of the hope of “peace among men” with full confidence and faith, giving glory to God, our Heavenly Father!