At no time in recent memory has turmoil, fear, anxiety and worry been so prevalent. Peace is so needed today and longed for. Do you remember that peace was anticipated in the angelic proclamation on the first Christmas Eve?
The familiar announcement was given by the angels to shepherds, while they watched their sheep. They were speechless when an angel appeared to them and proclaimed good news to them, and said this news would bring great joy to everyone: a Savior had been born, the Messiah, the Lord. Then a whole company of heavenly hosts joined the angel and said, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)
Not only is there good news that a Savior has been born for us. The angel also said God would give peace to those on whom his favor rests. Here’s even more good news: God favors all people. John’s gospel records that because God so loved the world (and everyone in it) he sent his son, Jesus, to earth (John 3:16). God favors us. God favors you and me. So why do we not experience peace? Because we need to receive that peace that is a gift given by the Savior born in Bethlehem. To open your life to Jesus is to open your life to the peace that Jesus offers.
The International Standard Version (ISV) of this Scripture passage captures the importance of our response: “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to people who enjoy his favor!” (Luke 2:14, ISV)
Do you enjoy his favor? It is only in a relationship with Jesus that we can comprehend and enjoy God’s favor. What better time than Christmas to open your life to Jesus, to invite him into your life, to receive him as your Savior and Lord, and to experience his favor and his gift of peace?