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What Do Angels Know About Peace on Earth??

November 20, 2015

“♪Peace on the earth, ♫ goodwill to men…♪”

“What d’you mean, ‘peace’? There ain’t no peace on earth, is there, now?”

“But that’s what the Christmas angels sang…”

“So what? Did they know about the Somme? Auschwitz? ISIS? Doesn’t look like they did, does it?”

“So you think the heavenly heralds that God sent to announce the birth of his only Son were unaware of what planet Earth is like?”

“Exactly – what do angels know about blood and gore and suffering?”

“Good point! But they weren’t acting on their own; only proclaiming what God was about to do!”

“And what was that?”

“Jesus, the Son of God, was coming to earth as a human – he was born and lived like an ordinary human being (long before the NHS and child benefits), had a brief preaching career, and then he died – a very bloody and violent death at that! He understands human suffering, even if angels don’t.”

“And what’s that got to do with peace?”

“The Bible calls him Prince of Peace.”

“Ha! Some ‘Prince of peace’! A failure, if you ask me.”

“On the surface, sure. That’s what everybody thought – even his closest friends. But that wasn’t the case at all. God had planned it all long in advance. Jesus was the peace offering; his death was necessary to end the hostilities.”

“What are you talking about?! Have you watched the news lately?”

“No, not those hostilities. They’re temporary – humans fighting humans, for petty reasons like power and greed and fear and religion. They remind us that the human race is broken, unable to copy the love and compassion that characterise the Creator. But human wars are just a symptom of the far more serious enmity between us sinful humans and the perfectly holy God, and will continue as long as humankind continues to turn its back on God.”

“But why, if Jesus is the Prince of Peace?”

“Because we need to submit to him as our Prince of Peace. Without Jesus, we can’t live unselfish lives of love; as a consequence, we’ll fight each other and remain separated from God – forever missing out on the deep peace we all crave. But because he came here as a human being and died in our place as a human being, each of us can experience eternal peace with God. That’s God’s gift to us. Happy Christmas!”

(Sorry to start the Christmas offerings this early, but it seemed appropriate …)

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