Date: December 25, 2022

Bible Text: Luke 2:1-20 |

This Christmas story is a beautiful one, it brings love, joy, peace & hope. How can see see Peace on Earth Good Will toward men? you ask. In Ukraine we see horrific atrocities of war, in Chicago we see senseless murders, yet Chicago is not even listed among the top 50 cities in the word for homicides per 100K of population.  So in this sense, there is no peace on Earth. From the time of creation, the event where the universe began, God knew he would need a rescue plan. We wonder why God allows such awful sinful things to happen. Why did He create us if He knew it would be so bad? Because He wanted us, to love us. He wants us to love Him. So why do bad things happen? Because you can only get true love in true freedom. And our freedom brought sin. Sin is harsh, it requires a blood sacrifice, which is also harsh. If you don't believe sin is harsh, look a abuse, war, look at people. Sin is corruptive-corrosive. The love God gave us is baby Jesus - the plan. Remember Jesus was tempted "in every way."

Remember Nehemias? The work, the effort to build the wall? Remember the joy at completion? But then they heard the law and wept. Why weep? Because when we compare ourselves to the Law of God, we are miserable in comparison. Find comfort, in peace: Ps 119:165. Turn from evil and seek peace Ps. 34:14. Listen to other people, make every effort to live in peace with all people and BE HOLY, Hebrews 12:14. Learn the secret of contentment: Philippians 4:10 No matter the circumstances, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.