Sunday, December 9, 2018

Peace on Earth Good Will Towards Men

In the 2nd chapter of Luke we read about the birth of Jesus Christ and then Luke shares a wonderful experience that a few shepherds had:

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
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.
These were no ordinary shepherds, they watched the temple flock; lambs that would later be offered as sacrifices in the temple. The sheep they tended were to be perfect without blemish. The shepherds would have to testify that the sheep would fulfill the law of perfection for them to be offered as a sacrifice for the people in the temple.

Jesus Christ was also called the Lamb of God and he was the only one to live a perfect life. He was destined to offer himself as the ultimate sacrifice for all of Heavenly Father’s children. The shepherds were commanded by the angle to go see the Christ child and then they were to testify to the world of the birth of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Joining the angle that announced the Savior’s birth to the shepherds was a heavenly host praising God saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peacegood will toward men”.

 Gladys Knight signing Let There Be Peace

Peace on earth is a hope we all have; however, world wide peace will not happen until the “Prince of Peace” Jesus Christ returns again. One of my favorite stories of peace took place on Christmas eve 1914. On the battle fields in Germany on Christmas eve there was a time when the fighting stopped, and the British Soldiers heard the Germans signing Christmas Carols, so they started sing their own songs. Soon the soldiers from both sides came together between the two lines and exchanged greetings and small gifts. (Christmas Truce)

Maybe we cannot have peace on earth, but we can experience peace in our own lives; the peace the Savior promises if we simply let him into our lives and follow his example of ministering to the needs of others. The Saviors promise is:

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

When I am stressed and troubled, the best way I know to find peace is reading in the scriptures of the Savior’s ministry. I also love to listen to uplifting music, especially Christmas music. Below are a few of my favorite.

I hope that during this Christmas season you will find peace and then your will follow our Savior and bring good will to all men.

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"A Christmas Wish” by the One Voice Children’s Choir

"Christmas Halleluja" by Cloverton HD

“May Did You Know” by Pentatonix

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