Posted by: New in Every Way | December 17, 2012

Together Again and GIVEAWAY

∞   BIBLE JOTTINGS  ∞

Couple Holding Hands“Peace in the world–that’s all I want for Christmas,” I heard a woman say. A tall order, but that is exactly the reality the angels announced to the shepherds outside Bethlehem when Jesus was born.

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14, NKJV).

What is peace? The Greek word for peace used in this verse is eirene, which according to Strong’s Concordance means “prosperity; one, peace, quietness, rest; set at one again.” It is probably derived from a verb meaning “to join.”

Jesus’ birth was announced to lowly shepherds. But it was announced also to three wealthy wise men from the east. The divine/human child was attended at his birth by angels—and also stable creatures. He was bringing all things together—joining them together as one, to be at peace with each other because they were at peace with Him. Like he brought Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews) together:

14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. 16 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death (Ephesians 2:14, 16 NLT).

Throughout the ages, a few had partnered with God in a marvelous way, and all of mankind had had an inkling of Him, but on THAT NIGHT, heaven and earth came together as they had not been since the days of Adam and Eve. Now the way was opened for all to be at peace with God and to do His will on earth as if they were in heaven.

A peasant girl and a carpenter parented the Son of God. A crew of fishermen, tax collectors and the like were filled with so much of God’s wisdom and power that people said they had “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). Paul and Silas, firmly attached by stocks to earth, sang praises to God. As they did, heaven joined earth so powerfully that the prison shook, the doors opened and the chains fell off all of the prisoners.

This entrance of heaven into earth is re-enacted every time a sinner is born again. Peace comes again on earth. He or she becomes reconciled to God, at one with others, and at rest within himself–a rest full of the glory of that night long ago.

When enough of us are put together again–with God, with each other, and within ourselves–then there will be “peace in the world.”

—Adapted from “Meditation 60,” Streams of Living Water by F. Burleigh Willard and Celia Willard Milslagle.

 

Your Turn — What do you say?

  • Can world peace be won by politics? laws? treaties?
  • James 4:1 says, “But about the feuds and struggles that exist among you—where do you suppose they come from? Can’t you see that they arise from conflicting passions within yourselves?” (PHILLIPS). If that’s true, what has to happen for hostility to be eliminated and peace to be restored?

G I V E A W A Y

For a chance to receive an autographed copy of Friend of Angels, comment today–or comment on Wednesday’s post. The winner will be announced on Thursday (December 20). The winner of the book will receive it after Christmas–an appropriate time to receive a book about what probably happened after Jesus’ birth. (If you prefer to buy one now to give as a gift, please follow this link.)

For no-hassle commenting, enter your name when prompted, but not your email address. (So that I can contact you, when you hopefully win the giveaway, please click on the Contact tab at the top of this page, and give me your email address there.)

 

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