When the angels appeared to the shepherds in the fields between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the angel of the Lord spoke to the shepherds. It says in Luke 2, that the shepherds were deathly afraid. They had never seen an angel or a heavenly vision. The angel said to them, I bring you good tidings of great joy…in the city of David a savior is born, which is Christ the Lord…Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and good will toward men. After the angels left and they closed their mouths for they were all flabbergasted. They said to each other, let us go and see this sight. This is the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Have you ever thought about the cost of peace on earth? It is true that Jesus came to bring peace to mankind, but He also said that He brought a sword to set at variance a man with his father (Matthew 10:34-39). The peace that Jesus is talking about is peace with God, not peace on earth. And everyone can have this peace, if they chose it. It comes down to our choice in life. So, what is the cost of this peace that God brings? Not surprisingly, it is the same as the price that Jesus paid, His death. To enter into this peace of God, one must die to themselves. You cannot enter heaven without dying, both spiritually and physically. The spiritual death occurs on this earth and our physical death is the only way to enter into the other side of this world, which is God’s realm. So you see, the cost of the peace of God is death. Jesus is our example, that is why He paid the price for us to have the peace with God. Now, it is up to you what you choose to do. You can have the form of godliness and deny the power or you can have the peace of God, here and now and in the world to come.
I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas et Bonne Annee.