Thought For the Week Continued
"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests." Luke 2:14
Although this verse was not originally written in Hebrew (it was probably written in Greek, and the word used for peace refers to “joining together in wholeness”), it’s Hebrew counterpart for peace, Shalom, is appropriate here. A basic definition of Shalom is peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility.
As we enter into the second week of Advent, and continue in our preparations for Christmas, we are supposed to look back, in remembrance, to the manger, and forward, in anticipation, to Christ’s return. But looking back requires more than returning to the manger. It should compel us to look back to the very beginning, where Shalom existed perfectly. In the Garden of Eden, where peace, harmony, tranquility and prosperity flourished. God and man walked together in completeness and wholeness. Shalom reigned.
Then sin entered and destroyed Shalom.
Christ’s birth is an important event in the reinstatement of Shalom. Christ came as a baby, to live as a man, to move through our world without sin and to bear the consequences of our actions in order to begin the rebirth of Shalom here on earth and in our hearts.
Looking forward, we yearn for a day when we will once again be “joined together in wholeness” with God, our Father and Creator, and walk with Him once again, without the hindrance of sin in our lives. We know that when Christ comes again, Shalom will be the natural state once again. Until that time, we must do our part to increase the influence of Shalom in our world. Jesus told us, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
How will you be God’s Shalom this Christmas Season?