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LUKE 2:1-14

Luke 2:1-14
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when] Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

Peace in the Birth of Jesus

Read together Luke 2:1-14.
Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace. The promise spoken to Israel about a Prince of Peace was fulfilled through the birth of Christ. On the night of Christ’s birth, angels appeared to a group of shepherds and sang how peace had come to earth. Luke 2:14 tells us that this peace is given to people God favors.
What does this mean? “Shalowm” means peace, but specifically a peace made possible only through Jesus Christ. The only way we can experience God’s peace is to have a relationship with God, given to us through Jesus. True and lasting peace is found in Christ alone.
If we look at our world today, we can see how many people do not know God’s peace. Many people purposefully hurt one another and fight with one another. It can be sad to see how the world is without peace-but there is hope! Believers today continue to experience God’s peace through God’s Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells inside believers, which means all believers have a peaceful presence of God with them every day.
Whenever we feel scared or sad, we can come to Jesus. John 14:27 says that Jesus’ peace is different from the world’s peace. Jesus’ peace is different because His peace stays with us, even if we do not always feel it. May this Advent season encourage you to rest in the only One who can give us peace, Jesus Christ.
-From page 51 of "Jesus Has Come" by the Daily Grace Co.

All believers have the peaceful presence of God with them every day.

Family Activity

Download the coloring sheet for your kids to color. Talk about the characters and the setting they see and remember the story of the birth of Jesus.

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