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Glory to God and peace

Bill Bremer

One night near Bethlehem, shepherds were suddenly wide awake. The glory of the Lord was shining on them. They were ready to run and hide. An angel calmed the terrified shepherds down and announced Jesus’ birth. Then they saw and heard a large crowd of angels praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heavens, and on earth peace among people who have His goodwill” (Luke 2:14)!

The Hebrew word for peace is “shalom.” God our Father in Messiah Jesus has made things right between Him and us and one another and to an extent His creation, thus creating shalom. By the blood of the Lamb and the washing and renewing of the Holy Spirit, God has made us new creatures – holy from the inside out and free from a guilty conscience (Titus 3; Hebrews 9).

“He rescued us from the tyranny of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, who paid the ransom to forgive our sins and set us free. He is the image of the invisible God, born before and above everything created, since in Him was created everything you can see and cannot see in heaven and on earth – thrones, lords, rulers, or powers – everything was created by Him and for Him. He was before everything, and He holds everything together. He is the Head of the Church, which is His body. He is the Beginning, the first among the dead to become alive that He may be first in everything. God decided to have His whole being live in Him and by Him to reconcile to Himself everything on earth and in heaven in a shalom made by the blood on His cross” (Colossians 1:13-20).

Kingdom relationships are made possible because we are reconciled to God our Father in shalom made by the blood on the Messiah’s cross. This shalom passes understanding and guards our thoughts.

“Then God’s shalom, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

Messiah Jesus has not only paid the price to reconcile us to God, He leads us in the paths of righteousness.

“The LORD is my Shepherd – I have everything I need. He makes me lie down in fresh green pastures and leads me to water where I can rest. He restores my life. He leads me on paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalms 23:1-3).  “And the fruit of righteousness is sown in shalom for them that make shalom” (James 3:18).

Let’s make shalom.