Luke chapter 2 tells the most famous account of the birth of Jesus Christ, complete with a manger, angels, and shepherds watching their flocks by night. You know the one. It’s the picture perfect Christmas card scene and, well, the most significant miracle God ever performed on behalf of His people– taking on the likeness of man to experience humanity and die for the sins of the world.
Philippians 2:6-8 tells us that Jesus, “…being in the form of God…emptied Himself, taking upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in the form of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death.” The whole thing is indescribably huge, actually. In Luke 2:14 the angels worshipped and sang of the birth of the Messiah saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, and goodwill toward men.” Now, if that is indeed true, and Jesus, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), came to bring peace– then what about when Jesus, Himself, said, “I did not come to come to bring peace, but a sword” in Mark 10:34? Does the Bible contradict itself? NO. Never.
Jesus did not come to bring “peace on earth” and “goodwill toward men” between people
A very common mistake people make in misunderstanding Jesus’ purpose is this: Jesus did not come to bring “peace on earth” and “goodwill toward men” between people. We know that Jesus came to die for our sins, and you certainly are aware that there is no peace on earth at any given time. Jesus’ death on the cross accomplished this: Peace on earth, between sinful man and holy God, and He took God’s wrath upon Himself, ensuring God’s good will toward mankind, all those who will accept Jesus’ death on the cross as the propitiation for sin. That is a total game-changer! THAT is the Good News.
Thought for today
Wars and pain and death and evil acts and trauma will never cease as long as there is sin in the world, but there is peace between God and man once again, the way God intended it to be when He formed man on the sixth day of creation. Isaiah 53:11 says that, “…when He sees all that has been accomplished by His anguish, He will be satisfied.” [Read this next” The Cross and the Manger”]
2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” The wrath of God for sin was satisfied by the blood shed by His innocent, blameless Son and when God looks at you, at your worst, in your sin, He sees you through that precious blood. THAT is peace!