Each year from Thanksgiving to Christmas much is said about "peace". Unfortunately much of what is said and written has nothing to do with the peace of which the angels sang on that first Christmas night long ago in Bethlehem. The "peace on earth" of which the angels sang was not a program of international good will, not even primarily the peace of man to man.

     Above all else, the peace of which the angels sang, was between God and man. "God and sinners reconciled!" It was the peace of soul, peace of mind, peace of conscience which comes from the knowledge that God, the very God whom we had offended by our sins, was in Christ -- in that little Babe in Bethlehem -- reconciling the world unto Himself, not charging our sins against us. It was the peace of which Paul spoke when he said, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus."    Romans. 5:1

     This peace, says the apostle, "passeth all understanding." It is a supernatural peace, not attainable by human wisdom. Yet it is given fully and freely to all who kneel in humble faith at Bethlehem's manger and acknowledge the infant Savior as the Lamb of God who was born to bear the sins of the world.

     Let this heavenly peace possess our hearts and minds in a special measure during the coming days as we hear the angels' song and listen to the Christmas story. Yes, let "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." With that peace as our prized possession we can sing:

     "Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King;

     Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!"

     Joyful, all ye nations rise; Join the triumph of the skies;

     With the angelic host proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!". 

    Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate b      




Updated January 13, 2010
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