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Peace is Here

December 25, 2013

Luke 2: 1-15

In those days, Caesar Augustus made a law. It required that a list be made of everyone in the whole Roman world. 2 It was the first time a list was made of the people while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be listed.

4 So Joseph went also. He went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea. That is where Bethlehem, the town of David, was. Joseph went there because he belonged to the family line of David. 5 He went there with Mary to be listed. Mary was engaged to him. She was expecting a baby.

6 While Joseph and Mary were there, the time came for the child to be born. 7 She gave birth to her first baby. It was a boy. She wrapped him in large strips of cloth. Then she placed him in a manger. There was no room for them in the inn.

8 There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby. It was night, and they were looking after their sheep. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them. And the glory of the Lord shone around them. They were terrified.

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy. It is for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord. 12 Here is how you will know I am telling you the truth. You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a large group of angels from heaven also appeared. They were praising God. They said,

14 “May glory be given to God in the highest heaven!
And may peace be given to those he is pleased with on earth!”

15 The angels left and went into heaven. Then the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem. Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

God had been telling the Jews that Jesus was coming for hundreds of years. They knew with their heads that God would send a Savior but they didn’t know how to have their hearts ready. And when it was time, Jesus was born in a barn and the only ones to hear the news that night were some smelly shepherds.

God has been telling us for hundreds of years that the Kingdom of God is very near. We know with our heads that God will break into this world but are our hearts ready to receive?

The angels sang that God’s peace would be given to those he is pleased with on earth and peace is one of the signs that God’s Spirit lives in us, marking our hearts as ready. (Galatians 5)

A simple prayer for today:

God, please send us your peace to hold room in our hearts for you. Come, Lord Jesus.

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