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Journey to Bethlehem, Our Christmas Devotional Day 22 Micah 5:2-5a

Sunday, December 23

Micah 5:2-5a

2But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
    one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
    from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
    when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
    to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
    in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
    to the ends of the earth.
And he shall be their peace.

Peace on earth. Isn’t that what the angels announced when Jesus was born in Bethlehem? And didn’t the prophet Micah foresee that as well? Here we are 2000 years later. Where is that peace? 

It would have been great if the birth of Jesus had ushered in a new way of life on earth. Imagine if everyone loved one another, looked out for one another, lived in peace with one another. That didn’t happen. Despite the birth of Jesus, people are still the same. Peace on earth is as elusive today as ever. It appears that the angels and the prophet over promised but under delivered. 

But what if the peace proclaimed by the angels and the prophet was a different kind of peace, a better peace, a higher peace? Colossians 1:19-20 says, “For in (Jesus) all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell…making peace by the blood of his cross.”

Peace with God. That is why Jesus was born. That is why he our peace (Micah 5:5a). That is what was accomplished for believers through the sacrificial death of Jesus. 

But wait. There’s more. 

When Jesus returns, there WILL be peace on earth. At that time, “The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace.” (Matthew 13:41-42) With the causes of sin gone, the world will be a different place.  It will be as God always intended. It will be a place of peace, joy and love.

So, the angels and the prophet didn’t over promise and under deliver after all. In fact, their promise of peace is deeper, more inclusive than we can imagine. Their promise of peace extends from now through eternity. 

Lord, grant us your peace.  Amen.