Advent Devotion for December 24, 2012

December 24, 2102 Today’s Reading is 1 John 4:9-10

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. “ -1 JOHN 4:9-10

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.”

This is the heavenly song, sung by angels; yet it’s not just a heavenly song, because it speaks of “peace on earth,” But what does that look like? Nearly every day, we are confronted with world news that speaks of terrorism, war, and violent crime. What was meant by this peace that the angels sung about?

The theologian, John Calvin makes the point that the peace which is being spoken of is not a peace between men, but that there is now peace with God, “on whom his favor rests.” We read in Ephesians 2:3-5 that “we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.” In other words, man was not at peace with God, but subject to God’s anger, yet in the coming of Christ, those were the objects of wrath, can now be at peace with God. They can be forgiven, justified, saved by grace through Christ.

Notice also that the source of peace is not our good will toward God, it is His good will toward us.

1Jn 4:9-10 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Have you experienced Peace with God? If not, why not accept the gift of His Son Jesus as the one who saves you and forgives you of your sin, purifies you, and brings peace into your life.Then let us together sing the words of the angels,“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Devotion written by Pastor Jamie Cupschalk

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