DEVOTION – DAY 97
Luke 2:13-14 “Glory To God In The Highest”
Luke 2:13-14 “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.”
The birth of the Lord Jesus in Bethlehem was followed by an appearance of an angel of the Lord announcing to shepherds in a nearby field that “Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:11) This announcement was followed a heavenly chorus praising God as stated in the above vv.13-14. Their praise was a brief hymn is also referred to as Gloria in Excelsis Deo in Latin meaning Glory to God in the Highest. The angels recognized the glory and majesty of God by giving praise to Him who dwells in Heaven. The angels announced that peace will fall upon those on whom God’s favor rest. Notice that peace is not given to all, only those whom God favors. The peace that was announced by the angels would fall only on those who believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. God will forgive their sins and peace is restored between God and those who believed in His Son, Jesus. God’s peace is different from what the world thinks of as peace. Worldly peace is temporary and external. Throughout world history, the world’s peace has been broken by wars, arguments, mistrust, anger, fights. Today, we are still not having peace because there are trade wars, wars in places like Syria, Afghanistan and so on. Worldly peace is fragile and easily broken. It drives each one of us to seek a peace of mind and soul that is only made possible by the Savior, the Lord Jesus as announced in Luke 2:11.
Fu Xiqui or Bob Fu was born in 1968 in Shandong province. He had a humble background and thought he would have a better life if he went to University and even get a job with the government. That was when his goal was to have worldly peace. But his idea of worldly peace was shattered when he was in University in 1989 and he witnessed the Tiananmen protests. It set him on a path to look for a deeper kind of inner peace that only God could give him. He found such inner peace when He received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. By the mid 1990’s Fu Xiqui was active in the underground churches but he faced persecutions. However, no matter how bad things were, he always had an inner peace and he trusted God. The Lord eventually opened the way for him and his wife to flee to the US where he is now a Pastor. Looking back, his circumstances may seem bad and his circumstances change all the time. If he was still seeking worldly peace, he would have experienced peace one day and turmoil the next day. But because He has God’s peace, he was able to have inner peace that remained with him no matter what his external circumstances were. This was only possible because he chose to received Jesus as his Messiah.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, we give you glory and thanks for giving us your Son, the Lord Jesus who is our Savior, through whom we receive our inner peace. Help us to share this good news to our friends and family who also need inner peace through the Lord Jesus. In His mighty name we pray. Amen.
- What is difference between the peace in this world and God’s peace? Discuss.
- What does God’s peace mean to you? How do you get it?
- How were you at war with God before you receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord? Share.