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Peace on Earth

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!' So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, 'Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.'" (Lk. 2:13-15)

The peace the angels were praising God for was the peace between God and man. Prior to Jesus' birth there was wrath from God against mankind for his sins.  But the birth of Jesus signaled the end of conflict between God and man. The Savior of the world, our Messiah would one day put away sin once and for all by the sacrificing of Himself (Heb. 9:26). This Child, this Son Who was born and given to us (Is. 9:6) would die and through His death God and man would be reconciled forever. 

Jesus forever changed how God relates to mankind. Sure there are Scriptural examples of God's catastrophic judgment on sin. But God's greatest act of judgement was when He placed all of His wrath for the sins of the world upon Jesus. The cross of Christ forever satisfied God's wrath. Since then God has not been imputing (charging) our sins to our account (2 Cor. 5:19). Instead He imputed all the sins of the world on Jesus' account for us. Jesus became what we were - sin. So that we could become what He is - the Righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21).

"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ," (Rom. 5:1)

Peace can only come when we relate to God on the basis of faith in His grace (Rom. 4). Those who are thinking they must perform up to some standard to be accepted by God will have no peace. That puts the burden of salvation on our shoulders and we cannot bear it. We were saved by faith in His grace (Eph. 2:8-9) and we continue to walk by faith (Col. 2:6-7; Heb. 11:6). Not understanding this will rob you of your peace with God. We are not trying to obtain peace with God. We already have peace with God through Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:1)

“Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is endedthat her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” (Is. 40:2)

"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Himand by His stripes we are healed." (Is. 53:5)

"'For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,says the Lord, who has mercy on you." (Is. 54:9-10)

 

Speaker: Dave Everett

December 20, 2020

Luke 2:11-14'>Luke 2:11-14

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