Bible Commentary: “Goodwill Toward Men” The Days Of ChristmasDecember 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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We are counting the days until Christmas and we here at Word of Encouragement would like to spend this time together reviewing the prophecies and scriptures concerning the birthday of our King and seeing how they might apply to us today and seeing what encouragement we can receive from them.
“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, 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, goodwill toward men” (Luke 2:8-14 NKJV)
In 1865 the poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, wrote the poem that we sing at Christmas, “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”. Longfellow wrote this hymn at the time of the American Civil War and two of the stanzas are normally left out of the hymnals because they deal with battles. Longfellow was hearing the bells from the churches and was enjoying their sound when the sound of the cannon fire began to drown the bells out. The Civil War was deafening the peace of Christmas and Longfellow felt the heaviness of despair flood over him.
Then the sound of the cannon fire stopped and the sound of the bells continued. And Longfellow smiled. The message of the bells was that war lasted only for a time but the peace would continue, “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep” God was still in control.
Child of God – The angels sang to the shepherds peace on Earth, goodwill toward me. Jesus told us, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27 NKJV). Better than the bells Jesus has given us His peace, and what is His peace? Paul tells us, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7 NKJV). No matter what we see or hear let us remember that Jesus is with us and for us and we always have His peace.
Lord, thank you for the peace you always have had in your heart towards mankind. The shepherds were the first ones to know about this good will of yours. Lord, the biggest lie that the enemy spreads among the peoples is that you don’t have good will towards mankind. Everything that goes wrong in the world is blamed on you. But I know what your word says, that your will is good and is peace towards all men and me. That the greatest sign of that is that you sent your son, the Anointed One, to live among us and die for us. Thank you for the greatest evidence of your love. Amen.
If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
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