The Prophet Speaks
"Peace on Earth"
By: Pastor Milton Coats
Over 2000 years ago when Jesus was born, peace was pronounced on this earth. St. Luke 2:13, 14 says “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Life at the time Jesus was born was difficult as it is today. In a world of terror in unexpected places, we need to know the peace of God can be accessed. According to Isaiah 9:6, one of the names by which Jesus would be called was the Prince of Peace. I believe many have become disillusioned because they have been looking for peace in all the wrong places and wrong things. In the day of Christ, the heart of man yearned for peace that Roman law, Greek philosophy and Jewish religion could not provide.
There is a supernatural peace available to the righteous. Psalms 29:11 says “The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.” The Hebrew word for peace is “Shalom.” Shalom means wholeness, completeness, health, security, and prosperity in the best sense. So, when the angel pronounced peace on earth, a whole array of blessings was pronounced.
Philippians 4:6, 7 says “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
The holiday season does bring an added stress in home, life, relationships, financial pressure and other issues and concerns. Statistics show that both suicide and domestic violence increase during this time of the year. I admonish you to refuse to become a holiday statistic. Please know that this is possible because over 2000 years ago, a baby was born to a virgin named Mary. At the instruction of the angelic messenger, she named Him Jesus! He is our peace. Shalom! Merry Christ-MAS!