15th December | Your Present is Peace

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

Luke 2:14

I don’t know how this verse makes you feel or what it makes you think of. The first thing that springs to my mind is what I imagine when I hear “Highest Heavens”. 

2 Chronicles 6:18 says “‘But will God really dwell on earth with humans? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple that I have built!” 

Even the perfection and huge expanse of the highest heavens can not contain all of God. So much so that he overflows into the heavens and beyond that too. 

The second thing I come to is that it is so hard for us right now to understand what “peace on earth” could even look like today. It is especially hard to understand what peace on earth (only to those with whom God is pleased) even means. 

Well, this may shock you to hear this during an advent blog, but the answer to all this is found in the Christmas story with the birth and incarnation of God in Jesus. The Highest Heavens could not contain God, yet he made himself human in Jesus and contained himself so that he may reach us more deeply and more closely. 

Now, peace on earth for only those with whom God is pleased is a little more tricky. It seems like a pretty short list, in fact, that list may only really contain Jesus “with whom God is well pleased” (Matthew 3:17), but, Jesus was not sent to earth so that the Father would have someone he could be pleased with. Christ was sent so that we could know him and invite him to be in us and impart onto humanity the approval of God. In other words, it is because we know Jesus that we can find peace and be pleasing to God. 

Advent Activation

Think about who you know who doesn’t know Jesus yet. How can you bring them peace this Christmas? Pray for that person this advent that they might know God’s peace.

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