One of my favorite Christmas hymns is *“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”. As they ring, they toll out peace on earth, good will to men. Wars, rumors of war, where is peace to be found? This world holds peace talks that are broken cisterns. Peace trickles in through empty promises and flows out through the cracks. This world delivers only tribulation, unrest and disappointment. Only One brings peace. He is the son given to us, He is Jesus Christ…
“…and his name shall be called…The Prince of Peace.” Isa. 9:6
He is the author of peace. He not only wrote the book on peace…”All scripture is given by inspiration of God…holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” He is the book…”And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” (2Tim. 3:16; 2Pet. 1:21; John 1:14). At His birth peace was born…”Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Lu.2:14.
“…The Prince of Peace…” “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins..” Acts 5:31.
“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
For he is our peace…Having abolished in his flesh the enmity…
for to take in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby;
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them there were nigh.
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” Eph. 2:13-18.
Before peace can exist throughout the earth, it must first reside in the hearts of mankind with God. This peace comes only through receiving Jesus Christ, The Prince of Peace.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Rom. 5:1,2.
“And having made peace through the blood of his cross…you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight…”(Col. 1:20-22).
Jesus took our hostility toward God upon himself as He hung on the cross, making peace between mankind and God possible. His death and resurrection fulfilled the promise of peace announced at His birth, removing man’s hostility toward God and replacing it with the peace God provided between man and Himself in the garden of Eden thousands of years ago. Now, those who trust in Christ are…
“Justified by faith…have access by faith into this grace…rejoice in hope…have access by one Spirit unto the Father…made nigh by the blood of Christ…to be presented…holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.”
In a world wrought with chaos, God offers us peace with Him that brings peace in us through his indwelling Holy Spirit.
“…we have a great high priest…Jesus the Son of God…Let us therefor come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus…and the God of peace shall be with you.” (Heb. 4:14,16; Phil. 4:6,7,9).
“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” 2Cor. 13:11.
Praying…”Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.” 2Thess. 3:16.
* “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
And in despair I bowed my head:
B”There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”
Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!
One day it will not only be realized in the hearts of those who trust in Christ but also on the whole earth when He reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Editor’s Note: With Christmas coming most of my blogs will have been previous published so I can spend more time with my family and still offer you some words of encouragement. May you and yours have a Blessed Christmas and Coming New Year!