By Rev. John Clapp
Bible Baptist Church 



December 7, 2018

Life has many interruptions. The phone rings as we are trying to eat. Coworkers interrupt your work to talk. Our children have a sudden emergency. Some are unwelcomed, some are just a nuisance, and some are cherished. Remember the last telemarketer, or remember when your wife awoke you and told you it was time to get her to the hospital, the baby was coming! Good or bad interruptions happen.

Go back two thousand years ago. The world was interrupted like no other night. A sleeping town of Bethlehem would never be the same again! It all started with some shepherds. Here is a group of hardworking men, sleepy and worn out from a busy day’s work, diligently watching their flocks from midnight raiders and threats. Then suddenly an angel interrupts their sleepy night and announces the birth of Christ. What an interruption! As the angel announces Christ’s birth, suddenly the night sky erupts with the brilliance and radiance of the Heavenly host, shouting praise to God. What a sight to see! It would be a night and a message that the shepherds would never forget!

Consider the message of these angels, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). They first proclaimed “glory to God in the highest.” They directed our attention to where it should be. God had walked into the scene of humanity as a newborn child. We often forget the one central message of Christmas, God has come to us. Christ’s birth wasn’t just a simple story of two parents and an unusual birth; it was the story of God Almighty coming to live among us, to save us from our sins. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:21-23). This simple fact of God coming to us should stir such devotion and worship. Christianity is the only faith in this world where God came down to man. All other religions are simply man trying to reach a god. What wonderful news – He came to us to rescue us from our own sins.

The worshipping angels also proclaimed “on earth peace.” It wasn’t just simply that night’s quietness and holiness, it was peaceful because God had arrived on the earth. Since He has left, we have not had peace, and we will not have peace here on earth again until He comes back. God is the center of peace, His presence provides peace, and He is the only One who can secure peace permanently.

How is your life? If you are like the rest of humanity, you have small moments of peace, but they are few and far in-between. Our peace can quickly flutter away and we are back in the midst of turmoil and problems. The peace that you long for is found in Christ. He is the One who stated, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:29). The reason that you do not have peace in your life is because God is absent in your life. Come to Him today and receive Him as your personal Savior. The peace that you can and will experience will never leave or flee away. When we become His child, He protects us and provides shelter and peace in a ragged life that we must all live through.

The angels finished their proclamation with “good will toward men.” Not only had peace come to earth wrapped in swaddling clothing, God’s good will had come as well. Christ’s arrival has demonstrated this one simple fact: God loves us. Christ knew that when He came, He would be rejected, tried, crucified and die. He did it all because He loved us. His desire is that we would find forgiveness in His sacrifice on Calvary, power to live through His resurrection and eternity after we die. The Scriptures clearly proclaim that God is for us. He wants us to find life in Him and follow Him into eternity with Him in Heaven. It truly is good will to be forgiven of our sins, be given freedom from them and to have Heaven as our home. Do you?

Have you been forgiven? Are you captive of your sins and wish you were free? What about death, don’t you want to live forever in eternity with God? You need to accept Christ as your Savior. Repent of your sins, believe that He did come, died and arose from the dead. Accept His gift that He freely offers.

May you have a Christ-filled Christmas. May you find the glory, peace and good will of Christmas. It is my prayer that your normal Christmas be interrupted by the Christ of Bethlehem.


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