Brothers and sisters in Christ, The prophet Isaiah, of old, once said, thousands of years before the birth of Lord Christ: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, and that preacheth peace: of him that sheweth forth good, that preacheth salvation, that saith to Sion: Thy God shall reign!”

On this night, I say to you as we have heard in the Scriptures:

“For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace.”

What are we to make of all this? Surely our minds and hearts are dizzied by the news: Our Savior has come! He is given to us. Given! And he shall reign forever! When we see the sadness and brokenness of the world, it becomes obvious that mankind longs for a Savior. We long to be rescued and delivered from evil, the wickedness of others and most importantly, our own wickedness. Don’t deny it, dear children, for soon as we think ourselves perfect, we have fallen.

But do not despair in the pit of sorrow, do not yield to your sin and say “It is hopeless” -good news has been announced to us! I often think of how the angel song broke out over the plains, announcing “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to men of good will”  No great heralds or procession marks the coming of this little prince. he is born in quietude, humility and meanness but, how a heavenly sign appears- the very angels sound their trumpets.

It is an announcement of peace. Peace has rained down from heaven and kissed the earth, and how the earth trembles in anticipation of the long-awaited Savior!  Can you imagine the beauty contained in this moment? When the stillness of our dark night is finally broken by this bright light and these angelic cries of joy?

We have a Savior and moreso, not a distant Savior who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has come as man, who was made like us in all things- but sin. This is wonderful! Do we realize that death and sin have been answered, have been challenged by the cry of a tender babe in Bethlehem? His cries echo our cries and He will deliver us! I say to you: Open your hearts for Thy God, the Prince of Peace, shall reign!

 

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