The Christmas Chapter, Pt. 11

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.

Luke 2:12-14

When you think about Christmas, you think about impossibilities.  A virgin birth is impossible.  The creator God of the universe becoming a man and being born in a lowly stable is impossible.  That this world changing event would be heralded to mere shepherds is impossible.  The whole idea of God becoming man to redeem man from his rebellion against God is impossible.  The whole story is impossible.  That theme of impossibility is continued in verse 14 with the multitude of the heavenly host “praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

The ideas  of peace on earth and good will toward men are, humanly speaking, impossibilities.  Everywhere we look today, countries are at war.  Nations, tribes and people have been fighting since the beginning of time.  There have been very few years of recorded history in which no wars have been fought.  Only through the finished work of Jesus Christ can we find peace, whether that be in our own souls or in the world.

Men are naturally selfish and greedy.  They do not naturally practice “goodwill toward men.”  They naturally bite and devour each other.  (Galatians 5:15)  Again, only through Jesus Christ can we find that “goodwill toward men.”  Jesus is the only cause for praising God and for giving Him glory and for proclaiming “peace on earth, good will toward men.”  Those are among the many reasons we celebrate Christmas.

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