Peace on Earth

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2016 here on GUWG. Today’s topic:

PEACE

Here’s what the prophet Isaiah said about Jesus hundreds of years before he was born:

He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

Here’s what the angels proclaimed to the shepherds when they announced Jesus’ birth:

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. (Luke 2:14)

Here’s what Jesus himself promised:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. (John 14:27)

Consider for a moment the following real-life Christmas story of peace in action.

It was Christmas Eve 1914, a few months after the start of World War I. More than a million soldiers had already lost their lives in the bloody fighting. Bodies were strewn across the battlefield between trenches dug so close together that soldiers from opposing sides could hear one another’s voices.

Then something beautiful happened. Right there in the middle of the frozen battlefield, a German soldier began to sing:

Silent night
Holy night
All is calm
All is bright

“They finished their carol and we thought that we ought to retaliate,” a British soldier wrote in his journal. “So we sang The First Noel.” When the Brits finished, they were amazed to hear the Germans clapping. The Germans then “retaliated” with O Tannenbaum. When the Brits began singing O Come All Ye Faithful, the Germans joined in. As the British soldier wrote, “This was really a most extraordinary thing — two nations both singing the same carol in the middle of a war.”

The soldiers put down their weapons, climbed out of their trenches and began to exchange Christmas greetings with their hated enemies right there on the battlefield. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers joined in this most remarkable celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace, culminating in a Christmas Day cease-fire that stretched along more than 500 miles of the front.

Commenting on this story, Billy Graham once said:

How different this world would be if we could unite together around that “Holy infant so tender and mild.” Earth can be as Heaven with Christ. Discord can be as peace when Christ is near. Midnight gloom can be transformed into noonday brightness when he abides with us.

Full peace will come only when Christ returns. But until that day we can know His peace in our hearts and can be messengers of His peace in the world, as we commit our lives to Him.

Here are some final words on this subject from Jesus:

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)

Go in peace. (Luke 7:50)

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