IT’S BEGINNING TO SOUND A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

Well, we’re packing up for our Christmas Vacation in Michigan to be with our family. I’m sure many of you are doing the same thing or you’re getting ready to. Since we’ll be away from home on Christmas, we decided to open our gifts from each other tonight. Home Alone 2 is playing, while my wife is cooking in the kitchen. The kids have memorized almost word of this movie and they keep asking me, “Can we please open our gifts now”? Sorry to give you a play by play, but it’s just what we do.

So what do you all do? What movies do you watch? What’s your favorite Christmas album? What’s the candy you most look forward to eating? Come on now, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.” It may be a “Silent Night,” but “Joy To The World”, our Lord has come and “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

Jesus birth is what all of this is about. He came to save us and we rejoice because of that. I also see that He made sure He wasn’t alone when He came this earth. He could have chosen a lot of places to have been born and with all kinds of people. However, this uncommon King chose to be born into a common family. Yes salvation was in the manger, but a family is what was gathered around Him. His purpose was not just to save us, but also to teach us the value of family.

As you enjoy the season, I encourage you to reflect on Jesus’ birth, but also be reminded that He thought family was important enough for it to be a part of every aspect of His life. His mother birthed Him and raised Him. She was with Him at His death, His resurrection and His ascension. Family followed the Master every step of the way. I think He wanted us to know how important family really is.

Enjoy the Season with your family.

On Earth, Peace

We know this statement all too well. It’s what the angel proclaimed at the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Glory to God in the highest and on earth, PEACE. As I looked a little closer at the word peace, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the beautiful, prophetic words of Isaiah in his ninth chapter and sixth verse.

Isaiah 9:6
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

He was letting everyone know, that when Messiah comes, He will be all of these incredible things, but His mission is to be the Prince of Peace.

The word Prince in this verse means, a leader, ruler or chief.

The word peace in this verse means, to restore, complete or make whole.

The reason I find this so interesting is because when Jesus was born, there was a lot of chaos in the land. Political corruption and dictatorships, just to name a few. His birth didn’t change any of that. There was no calm on that blessed night, as far as the world was concerned. Everything continued to go as usual.

After looking at the story again this season, I realized that there is a difference in “Peace IN The Earth” and “Peace ON The Earth”. You see, on that incredible night in Bethlehem, there was still no peace IN the earth, but now there was peace ON it. The only place it was silent that night, was in the place where Jesus was born. Nothing changed in the earth, but change was now on earth.

When I saw that the word peace, in Isaiah’s prophecy meant to restore, I then realized that Jesus didn’t come to calm anything, He came to restore man from his sinful condition. Because of Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden, man was incomplete and lost in his sins. There was now a great barrier between God and man and no one could stand in the gap and bring this great divide back together. However, when Jesus was born, He was both God and man and as the Prince of Peace or the Leader of Restoration, He started the process of bringing us back to God.

  • His birth brought peace to earth.
  • His death was the peace offering.
  • His resurrection gave us access to peace with God through salvation.

Paul says it like this in Ephesians 2:14-15

14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace.

We are now complete in Him and because of Him. We are whole through His Holiness. With great joy we join in with the angels and say, “Glory To God In The Highest And On Earth…PEACE!!!”