Day 3 Advent Devotional – Peace on Earth
Day 3 – Peace on Earth
READ Luke 2.8-20 – There is just something special about the nativity scene. Sometimes it is easy to read stories in the Bible and walk away without being affected. Maybe it was cool or action packed, but you didn’t feel a connection to it. I encourage you to read this story again s.l.o.w.l.y. It’s almost as if reverence is just jumping off the page. As you prepare for your day listen to the song “December Song” by Peter Hollens. (posted below). I can never tell if the chills are because it’s cold outside or from the song. Definitely because it’s cold. For your Prayer keep in mind the words “heaven and nature singing goodwill to all” from the song. Our prayers should open our eyes to the needs of those around us. I Challenge you to seek out those around you who needs to know someone, anyone, wishes them goodwill.
Family Devotional (from thisfulllife5.com)
On a dark and ordinary night, while shepherds were watching their flocks on the rocky hills outside of Jerusalem, a bright light suddenly appeared! An angel had come to declare the birth of the Christ child. Luke’s Gospel then tells us that a multitude of angels appeared and announced, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14)
That night, the angels could have come and declared so many things that Christ would do and accomplish. They could have talked about his healings, his miracles, and his sacrifice. They could’ve told of his death and resurrection. But they didn’t. They summed up his entire earthly ministry with the word peace.
Yes, Christ came to heal the sick, perform miracles, die a thief’s death, and rise again. But as a whole, Christ came to give us peace.
For sinful humanity, there must first be peace with God before there can ever be hope of peace anywhere else. The only way there is peace with God is if sin’s powerful grip is removed through the sacrifice of Christ (Col. 1:20).
The prophets in the Old Testament also understood this and cried out for a time when a Messiah would come and bring an age of peace, or as Isaiah puts it, the coming of a Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
So, the angels proclaimed that night outside of Bethlehem, that Peace was coming to earth and God was going to make a way for completeness and well-being between Himself and his creation once again.
This is great news because once peace between us and God is established, we can embrace peace within ourselves (Phil. 4:7). The angels were announcing not only peace between God and us through the forgiveness of sins, but when we are at peace with God, we are able to be at peace with others. True peace with our neighbors, friends, family, and everyone else comes only after we have found peace with God (Heb. 12:14).
- What does peace mean to you?
- What is the opposite of peace?
- What takes away our peace?
- Read the story again to your children and ask them to draw a picture of the scene. Feel free to post it as a comment to our post on Facebook. I’d love to see what they do!
Pray together as a family and thank God that he provided a way for there to be peace between us and Himself. Ask God to help you be at peace with those around you and to help show others how much Jesus loves them.