The Joyous Message of Nativity

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10, 11)

It happened on a day, a day in history, it was a perfect day, a day planned in eternity before the creation of the world, “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His son, born of a woman, born under the law.” (Galatians 4:4)

This is the one long-predicted, long-awaited, the one anointed above all others. In Him all promises are of god are fulfilled. The ruler, the sovereign, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, Prince of peace.

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!” (Luke 2:14).

Two great purposes for this great news; Glory to God and peace on earth among those with whom He is pleased.

God’s Glory

The coming of Jesus is the greatest revelation of the glory of God even among the heights of heaven, and the coming of this child will bring peace to God’s people — who will one day fill the whole earth with righteousness and peace. “Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end.” (Isaiah 9:7)

“The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14)
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

God is glorified because Jesus is born. Second, peace is to spread everywhere this child is received. The people who receive Christ and trust him as Savior and Lord, will experience the peace He brings.

There are three ways in which God wants us to pursue this peace and enjoy this peace; peace with God, peace with your own soul and peace with other people. Peace does not only mean the absence of conflict and animosity, but also means the presence of joyful tranquility.

Jesus said, “My peace I give to you.” (John 14:27). St. Paul said, “Jesus Himself is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14). This means that peace cannot be separated from God himself. If we want peace to rule in our lives, God must rule in our lives. A heart bent on showing the glory of God, will know the peace of God.

Peace with God

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Justified means that God declares you to be just in his sight by imputing to you the righteousness of Jesus.

Peace with Ourselves

Because we have peace with God, because of being justified by faith, we can begin to grow in the enjoyment of peace with ourselves —any sense of guilt or anxiety that tends to paralyze us or make us hopeless. Guilt, worries, threats, confusions, uncertainties — they all threaten our peace. St. Paul says that God wants to “guard” your hearts and minds. He guards them with His peace. He gives us inexplicable peace, and He does it when we take our anxieties to Him in prayer and trust Him, that He will carry them for us (1 Peter 5:7) and protect us.

Peace with Others

The third relationship where God wants us to enjoy his peace is our relationships with other people. St. Paul says in Romans 12:18, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31–32) In spite of all our sins, God has forgiven us through Christ. Be amazed that I, a sinner, have peace with God. That makes the heart tender, kind and forgiving.

As we celebrate the nativity of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, we are rejoicing with the angels and the heavenly hosts, as the angel proclaimed to the shepherds, “behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” May we enjoy His peace and glorify His name for ever and ever.