Sometimes we don’t know we need good news until it has come. We get used to the broken mess of life. But then light bursts into the darkness and we see our need. Everything changes. The turmoil we couldn’t name before has been met with peace.
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. Luke 2:13-17
The Shepherds were unlikely candidates for the huge responsibility of hearing a great message, of being the first to see the newborn Savior, or being entrusted with the story of peace on earth.
And in reality, so are we. But God has entrusted the story of his peace offering, given on our behalf in the person of Jesus, to anyone willing to hear and share the message.
Peace is not the absence of conflict or war. Peace comes from living under the authority of Jesus Christ. We proclaim his authority. We celebrate that he has come to reconcile all things to God again, bringing peace to every corner of creation.
Are you a modern day messenger of peace?
Let us take off running, just as the Shepherds did that night so long ago, to see the wonder of a Savior born for us. For all. Kneeling before him we have peace with God and man. We have a story to tell.
Father help us to live in the example of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. We are amazed that we’ve been caught up in your story. Help us to communicate the powerful message that you have come to make all men brothers. Amen.