The heart’s deep desire
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Jesus’ birth announcement came with a promise: Peace, the deep desire of human hearts. It’s a conditional promise. Peace is the prize of those with whom God is pleased. To satisfy our desire we must please God. To please God we must take him at his word.According to God’s word Jesus was born in Bethlehem. His mother, Mary, was a virgin. His father is God the Father. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life. He died on the cross to pay the penalty for the sins of mankind. He rose from the dead thus proving his ability to give eternal life to those that trust him. The Bible says, “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” That is what God would have us believe and this is what Christmas is all about.But is it true? The truth is in the Christmas pudding. A girl turns her heart to Jesus. She chooses life over abortion. A child is born, a son is given and the woman’s conscience is spared the agony of guilt. Another trusts Christ and gains a pardon for sin and release from the prison of guilt. A selfish husband decides to take God at his word. A marriage is saved. The children rejoice.An elderly man walks through the valley of the shadow of death. He is not alone. The same Jesus that walked beside him on earth guides him safely to his heavenly home.All such biographies share a common blessing: Peace. When people place their faith in the Prince of Peace, he is pleased. He grants the heart’s deep desire. So it is day-by-day, year after year, century upon century. Changed lives forge one long, strong chain of proof that the story is true. God’s promise is sure. God’s word is truth.According to Scripture, it is God’s desire that everyone come to the knowledge of the truth. I share that desire. Until then, Merry Christmas Summit County, and peace to everyone with whom God is pleased.
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