|Luke 2:8-15 |
8 Now in the same country there were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.1 [From the Word of the Lord within: "My birthday was the 17th day of the ninth month." See Footnote 1 for more.]
9 And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were greatly afraid.
10 Then the angel said to them, "Fear not. For behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign to you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased, men who are of goodwill."2
15 And it came to pass, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem, and see this thing which has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us."
2 Did God send Jesus to give peace to all men on the earth? We all grew up listening to the Christmas Story, hearing the words: "and on earth peace, good will toward men," from the King James Bible. We all assumed this spoke about all men, naturally us included; but look at what the other Bibles translate the original text to:
Amplified Bible — and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased.
New International — and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.
New American Standard - and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.
Jesus did not come to bring peace to all men. He came to give peace only to those men with whom God becomes pleased and upon whom he grants his favor; which favor is the anointing of the Holy Spirit, whose fruit is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness [or meekness], and self-control. The Holy Spirit is only given to those who are obedient; therefore peace is only given to those who are obedient, and then the peace of God rules your heart. Col 3:15. Peace is given to those who are obedient to what?—obedient to the law that is on everyone's heart and then obedient to the spoken words that you hear from Him by sitting in humble silence to wait on the Lord, watching and listening for the Lord to speak to you — when you hear, you must obey.
From the Word of the Lord within: Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth, but a sword; after a man has demonstrated his faith, do I give him peace."
Further Jesus said: Do you think that I have come to bring peace on the earth? I tell you, No; but rather division. For from this time forward there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. Luke 12:51-53. The Lord must destroy the peace a man has in this world before he can impart the peace of God to him.