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Peace

12/20/17

Permalink 12:20:00 am, by Pastor Plagenz Email , 409 words   English (US) latin1
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Peace

This devotion was written by Pastor Phil Janke from Winnebago Lutheran Academy.

“Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.”  (Isaiah 9:5-6)

You could probably file that verse under “Things you will NOT find on a Christmas card to Grandma.” It could also be linked to other files, such as “Things NOT to write your wife to show her your love,” and “Things you will NOT hear a Kindergartener say at your local Christmas Eve Children’s Service.”

But actually, those are Christmas words. In fact, they are the words immediately preceding this famous Christmas promise: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

“How in the world are those two verses related?” you ask.

I’m glad you did. The answer is in one word: Peace.

We might better understand it in these terms: “Every terrorists vehicle, every IED, and every ISIS flag will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders…”

For ancient Israel, the promise that their enemy Assyria would be destroyed meant the world. But even greater than rescue from that enemy was the promise of rescue from their more dangerous spiritual enemies of Satan, sin and guilt. God promised his people from long ago peace from all those enemies.

And he promises you peace, too. Yes, one day we will not have to fear any terrorist. That ultimately will be in heaven. (We will probably have to deal with terrorists until then). But even today, we have a greater peace. God gives it to us. It’s a peace with him that happens when he promises he will not hold our sin and guilt against us. He held it against his Son Jesus in our stead. That’s why Jesus was born: to destroy the power of sin, death, and the devil. He was born to bring us peace from our spiritual enemies.

So I guess you could include battle boots and blood soaked garments in your Christmas cards. Just make sure you explain that the peace between nations pales in comparison to the peace that the baby in the manger came to bring.

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