"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, good will toward men!'" (Luke 2:13, 14)
The night Jesus was born was a night of incredible peace. First of all, there was universal political peace in the Roman Empire. After centuries of ethnic fighting and wars of all kinds, Rome's power and control had grown to the degree that for a short time all was quiet throughout the empire. It was a very appropriate time for the Prince of Peace to be born.
Jesus' birth was announced to lowly shepherds out in the fields in the stillness of the night. Maybe this was one reason they were the first ones chosen to receive this glorious announcement. The shepherds weren't so busy, noisy, and distracted that they couldn't hear. They were quiet and alert.
A heavenly host of angels spoke to the shepherds with words of peace. In other words, this peaceful proclamation came from a military troop! In Greek, the word host literally means "army." They were God's Angelic Air Force Choir, singing of world peace through Christ, our only hope for true peace.
Do you and I take time to be quiet, yet alert, before the Lord? Or are we continually caught up in the busyness and noise of this world? Psalm 46:10a tells us, "Be still and know that I am God." It's amazing the peace and strength God can give us when we quiet our hearts before Him and reach out in faith to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Where is there real peace on earth? In the hearts and minds of those who are letting the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, rule within. Jesus wants to bring His blessed peace to our hearts. By dying for our every sin on the cross, the hostility between us and God has been defused.
How do you receive the peace of Christ? By letting His presence come to rest in your life by faith. Jesus promised, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neith neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27).
From Pastor Wayne Taylor, Calvary Fellowship, Mountlake Terrace, WA