Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Luke 2:13-14 NLT
Angels were singing to shepherds. The shepherds were some of the lowest people on the Jewish social ladder. They weren’t invited to the right parties. They smelled like sheep and spent most of their time moving around with their sheep.
But God chose to send a band of angel singers to announce the birth of the Messiah to some lowly shepherds. And what about that song, “Peace on earth.”
The word peace in this passage is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word shalom. God was announcing to the world that wholeness was being born into a world full of brokenness.
When Jesus came, the nation was broken. Rome, a foreign government, had conquered the nation and occupied all places of authority. Every Jewish citizen was forced to pay taxes to Rome. The local government was corrupt.
The religious system was broken as well. People were blocked from finding wholeness through the Temple because unless you kept all the laws man had created, you could not go to the Temple.
Jesus came into a broken world to bring wholeness. That wholeness started with fixing the broken relationship between God and man. Jesus’ death and resurrection restored what sin had broken. That is the good news of the gospel—we have peace with God.
But Jesus also brought wholeness to the hearts of mankind. We can have wholeness with each other and with ourselves. We can be whole because Jesus has come.
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for bringing wholeness to our world. Thanks for bringing wholeness to my life. Thanks for teaching me how to live in peace with God, with myself, and with others.
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