Read Luke 2:13-14. TEXT: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God (Luke 2:13).
The news was far too glorious for one angel. As soon as the first angel gave the details of where the shepherds could find the Christ Child and the signs that would prove they had found the right place, a multitude of heavenly host join in to glorify the God who had kept His promise.
First, they praise God for His marvelous plan and His gracious, wondrous salvation: "Glory to God in the highest." God reveals His glory and His greatness by sending His Son to become one of us, and to win our salvation.
Then the angels say those famous words, "And on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased." In a world of tumult, violence and war, our hearts cry out for peace. But that's not the peace the angels are referring to. A far greater need exists for us than worldly peace between humans. We need peace between ourselves and our Creator, our God, and our Judge. That is what the Christ Child has come to bring.
What must we do to receive this great peace? There is nothing we can do. Jesus Christ did it all for us. He lived the perfect life we can't live; He sacrificed His life on the cross to free us from God's curse. When we humble ourselves, confess our sin and guilt, and trust in God's Son Jesus Christ, then God is pleased with us.
THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we praise You for being our peace with God, our Heavenly Father. Forgive our sins and make us bold to tell others about that peace, which surpasses all human understanding. Amen.
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