Peace and Goodwill
In the Word
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" Luke 2:14 NKJV
Of the Word
They shattered the darkness and filled the air with anthems. Those angels who appeared on that first Christmas night had an announcement to make, and they made it in a way matched neither before nor since in power and intensity. To this day, their announcement resounds for all to hear.
The angel chorus praised God, singing, "Glory to God in the highest." Then they went on to say two startling things,"on earth peace," and "goodwill toward men." Peace? Goodwill? Yes and yes! In Jesus alone we find true peace. The angels from heaven were declaring God's attitude toward His people — one of complete goodwill, seen in the birth, death, and resurrection of His beloved Son.
Despite our failings, God's loving kindness has never failed, and it never will. He sent Jesus into the world so we could see His glory, live in spiritual peace, and enjoy the gift of His goodwill at Christmas time and always.
Walking with my Lord
Embrace me with Your peace, Lord, and let Your goodwill fill me with praise! Amen.
Scripture quotations marked (NKJV) are taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.