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No Ordinary Peace


Luke 2:8-14

Verses 13-14 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”


The Baby is born and now it is time to get the word out. As was common the father of the baby made the news known. But this wasn’t any ordinary baby and His Father was not the ordinary father. And this was a royal baby which meant an announcement was to be given via a herald and not being an ordinary royal child, this was anything but an average heralded announcement. Nor were its recipients the ordinary audience.


The shepherds were having what they thought was an ordinary night minding the sheep in the fields. Notice that it says they were living out in the fields. While Mary and Joseph didn’t have a guest room to stay in they at least had a space to be in. These men were likely keeping warm with fires set around and trying to watch for animals that would want their flock, the sounds of the night playing like a lullaby. But the silence was broken, as was the darkness, when an angel from the Lord came to make the glorious announcement.


They of course were terrified, who wouldn’t be?! But with typical angel greeting the angel begins the announcement telling them not to be afraid. These men must have been confused, who would bring good news to shepherds? For that matter, who would bring them any news? And in the middle of the night? The angel tells them of this special babe born near them. The promised Messiah. That brings more questions to mind. But as their questions continue to swirl through every possible emotion there is suddenly a huge army of angels praising God. Their mouths must have been dropping open.


The thunder of voices were saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.” Peace to those who have His favor. This portion of the verse is most commonly quoted in an old version of the Bible which misses that it isn’t wide spread world peace. The Greek word translated as “peace” is “eiréné” which is best translated as peace of mind. These messengers were praising God because of His giving peace of mind to those He chooses to show favor. Like a group of shepherds in a field near Bethlehem. They had no reason to fear because the Father of the Baby Messiah was showing them favor by choosing them to announce the birth of His beloved Son.


Making It Personal

Do you have the peace of mind that comes from a relationship with God? How do you see that peace in your day by day life? Who in your life needs to hear about the Savior?


Making It Personal Kids

What do you think it means to have peace of mind? Do you have peace of mind because you know Jesus? Who do you know that could use this kind of peace?


Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for giving us this kind of peace. Only knowing You can bring true peace. Help us know what it means to have peace of mind through You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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