in the highest,
and on earth peace
to men on whom
his favor rests.
Luke 2:14 (NIV)
We may pause amid this season’s bustle and reflect on familiar words–yet a bit unfamiliar in recent versions which bring out the Christmas message. Peace is rooted in God’s favor, in his grace. Peace comes through God’s act of sending the Christ for the purpose of bringing salvation to many. Peace dwells in the household of faith. For all this we with the angels may truly utter praise, “Glory to God . . .”
The clear note of the gospel is muffled by the phrase “‘men of goodwill’ [which] ought to disappear entirely from Bible translations and Christmas meditations!” (NIDNT). And we ought not to muffle the message. For multitudes, there is no peace, only dread. Many long to hear tidings of comfort and joy, and to partake of that…
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