Why Do We Celebrate Christmas? Part 4

Reason #3 Christmas reminds us that God will set this world to rights–God will bring peace on earth.

Everything that’s wrong in our lives, everything that’s wrong in our country, everything that’s wrong in our world will one day be completely made right! Christmas remind us that God will set this world to rights—God will bring peace on earth.

That’s what the angels sang “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased” (Luke 2:14). Did we miss something? Did the birth of Jesus really bring peace on earth? Yes! But not exactly like we expected. Jesus’ birth, his life, his ministry, his death, and his resurrection have set into motion a chain of events that will finally and fully be fulfilled only when he returns. Before there can be “peace on earth” there must be “glory to God in the highest.” Jesus first came to forgive us and free us to have peace with God. Only then can we have peace with each other. And only when we love God supremely and each other compassionately can there even begin to be a glimpse of peace on earth!

Because of Christmas morning, we can look forward to the Day when God finally and fully brings peace on earth.

Did you know that Bible doesn’t end with a picture of Heaven? The closing picture that we get from the last chapter of God’s Story takes place in the New Heavens and New Earth!

When Jesus finally does return as the judge of all the living and the dead, he will bring all of God’s purposes in Creation and Redemption to fulfillment!

Listen to Revelation 21:1-5 and tell me if you heart doesn’t long for this?!

Revelation 21:1-5

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Don’t you long for the day when God swallows up death forever, and we will longer mourn over the death of a father, or mother, sister or brother, or close friend?

Don’t you long for the day when God wipes away all the tears from our faces, and we never again have to see another marriage fall apart, experience the despair of depression, be frightened by cancer, or wonder how you’re going to feed your family because you got fired or can find work?

Don’t you long for the day when God brings peace and healing to all the nations, and we no longer have to send our sons and daughters to fight wars, when countries finally realize that genocide is NOT the answer to everything?

No amount of education, economic freedom, or religious fervor can bring the healing that our world needs. That is why we celebrate Christmas—

  • To remind each other that our lives really are part of God’s Story—God has not forgotten us!
  • To remind each other that God has met our greatest need—he sent us a Savior, Jesus!
  • To remind each other that will set this world to rights—he really will bring peace on earth!

Through Jesus we can now have peace with God, peace with each other. And we can be agents of his peace, right now, in this broken world—signposts of the New Heavens and New Earth that Jesus will bring when he returns!

1. Reason #3 Christmas reminds that God will set this world to rights—God will bring peace on earth.

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