“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests” (Luke 2:14).
On the night Jesus was born, Angels appeared to the least important people in ancient society; the Shepherds. Make no mistake, the wealthy and prestigious wise-men had seen a sign in the heavens as well, however the lowly shepherds received a message they couldn’t miss. I love that God communicates so we can hear Him, no matter our education or background.
On that special night, the angels communicated that a savior had been born. This was news all the people had been waiting for. However, before the angels left the shepherds to return to heaven, they said something amazing; “Peace to those on whom His favor rests.”
The peace of God can be thought of as both a blessing and sustaining power. Peace resides on the inside of us acting as a counter pressure against all the stress and anxieties of this world.
Jesus never promised that life would be perfect once we started following Him, but He did promise to be with us.
Where Jesus is, peace is present.
As we celebrate the end of Advent and the beginning of Christmas, I want to encourage you to take time everyday to connect with the counter-pressure peace of God. Daily time reading God’s Word, the Bible, and speaking with Him through prayer is the only way to access the peace of God. If you’ve decided to follow Jesus, His favor, and therefore His peace, is available to you.
If you’re unsure about where you stand with God and want to explore what relationship with Jesus looks like, I would like to personally invite you to join us for the next Alpha Course starting January 6th, 2015. May God grant you an amazing new year, and give you His peace.
And don’t forget to join us on Christmas Eve as we celebrate the best gift we’ve ever been given; our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We’ll have services at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and kids are invited to join us in the auditorium for the service.
By Van Vandegriff, Family Pastor