Saturday, December 15, 2012

His Gospel is Peace

One of my all-time favorite Christmas songs is O Holy  Night!  The second verse is one reason why that is so:

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace. 
Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother, 
And in His name all oppression shall cease.  
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we;
Let all within us praise His holy name. 
Christ is the Lord! 
O praise His name forever! 
His power and glory evermore proclaim! 
Just recently a horrific event made headlines in America and across the world.  A school shooting in Sandy Hook, CT claimed the lives of 27 people, mostly children.  It's times like these that makes a person look inside and wonder just what can bring someone to such depravity.  Many times, and this time is no exception, people flock to churches in search of answers, comfort and peace.  Yes, God is the God of comfort and peace.  It saddens me that it takes a tragedy to remind people of that.  However, He never turns people away when they seek Him.  He is faithful.  He is our strong tower.  He is our refuge.
Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace!  His gospel IS peace!  Knowing this is not enough, however.  You must confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead - then you will be saved (see Romans 10:9). 

So why am I talking about a Christmas song and a school shooting in the same post? Because if we will proclaim the Gospel of Christ to everyone we meet, they will have the opportunity to hear the good news of peace and accept it.  If they do accept it, that is one less person who will feel there is no other choice but to take innocent lives and then their own.  When man has no hope, he has no respect for life.  Not his own nor anyone else. 

Mankind does not originate from animals.  Mankind was created in the image of God and every person has worth.  Everyone has value.  Everyone has a purpose.  That purpose is to worship God, our creator.  It really does not get any more simple than that.  

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