Today’s Scripture: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14

Mary and Joseph had a hard trip to Bethlehem. Once there, Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Son of God. This newborn would be the Messiah! He was the One Who would set up His kingdom which would last 1,000 years! Angels were sent from Heaven to declare His birth to some lowly shepherds. They sang, gave praise to God, and declared, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!”

That was 2,000 years ago. Where is the peace they sang about? A couple years after the birth of Christ, Herod slaughtered all the children 2 years and younger in and around Bethlehem. The peace didn’t come with Christ’s birth, but it will come with His rule. Jesus had to die in our place to give us lasting peace. Had He just set up His kingdom, we would be hopeless. Why? Our sin separates us from God. Jesus, the second Person of the Trinity, was born so He could die. Because He took care of our sin problem, He can now bring peace to the earth.

He decided before the beginning of time that He would do that in a separate coming. We still are waiting for that second coming. True peace will never come until the Prince of Peace returns. It is great to celebrate Christ’s birth, but imagine how great our celebration will be when He comes back to rule. Do you look forward to that day?

This Christmas, remember the day Jesus came to earth, but don’t forget to keep watching for His return. We need to strive each and every day to be ready for the Rapture, which could happen any day. Seven years after the Rapture, Christ will come to earth and set up His Kingdom. If the Rapture were today, would you be glad? If not, why not? What can you change to be ready for His coming?

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.