Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
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.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. ~Luke 2:8-20
Love Came Down
So what does that mean, that saying “Love Came Down”? Simply this: That God, Who is love and Who has always loved us with a never ending — never stopping love, came down out of Heaven in a way that is tangible to you and I. He came in a way that we could see, feel, and touch. He came in a way that we as humans could relate to. He came in a way that would change the way we see Him forever. He came in human form in the most lovely, humble way possible to illustrate that He gets us, He understands us, and that no matter the circumstances, no matter our sin, He wants to be with us. He wants to be with us now and forever.
Peace on Earth
And this phrase: Peace on Earth — what exactly does that mean? It means that there is peace between God and mankind. We are not at war with God, as some might think, trying to fight our way into Heaven. Instead, because of His great love for us and His great sacrifice we can have true peace with our Savior.
These are truly the best gifts of all. Merry Christmas, friends.
Only by grace,
“We are not at war with God, as some might think, trying to fight our way into Heaven.” I love this! We can rest in the fact that we don’t have to earn our salvation. We can rest in knowing that Jesus saved us from the wages of our sin. God brought this peace through Jesus Christ. 🙂
Amen. And remembering that during this time of year makes the holidays so special, rather than chaotic and stressful.