Google+ 12/20/13 Only Our Disobedience Will Separate Us Rom God's Peace!

Luke 2:12-14

 

And you will recognize him by this sign:

You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—

Praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in highest heaven,
    And peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

 

In part five of our nine-part devotion series entitled, "Taxes, Travel, and Temptations!" Luke teaches us how to recognize the true Messiah.  In Biblical days, the same as in today's society, there were many imitations.  Because the Scripture foretold of the coming Messiah, it was a popular thing to imitate.  That is why when John the Baptist came, the first thing he told the Jewish people was that he wasn't the Messiah.  The angel of the Lord wanted to make sure that the shepherds did not go to the wrong place and worship the wrong child.  Believe me, there was only one child wrapped in strips of cloth that was lying in a manager!  When babies are born today, it is a production.  Gifts abound and mom and dad present the baby in many different ways to vast numbers of people during the first few days and months after birth.  All of us respond by explaining how "cute" the new arrival is.  The truth is that rarely are newborn babies cute!  In most cases, birth is stressful on the newborn and it takes a few days before they recover.  Nowhere in the Bible do we see anyone exclaiming that the Messiah is cute.  Later, the wise men do bring gifts, but the shepherds simply brought the best gift to Jesus anyone could imagine.  They brought themselves.  Notice the last part of our Scripture lesson today.  The angel tells us that God wants peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.  Not everyone?  Absolutely not!!!  Listen to these words, especially at Christmas time.  God loves everyone and rejects no one.  No sin is to big to be forgiven, but God will not chase us.  Because He loves so completely, He will honor our rejection if that is what we chose.  Do people actually reject God?  Yes, every time we disobey what He asks of us.  When we repeatedly disobey, we become separated from God and His peace no longer covers us.  Regardless of what the shepherds were doing and how afraid they were, they still obeyed.  Lesson learned.  "Only Our Disobedience Will Separate Us From God's Peace!"