by Dan Hill

Heaven's Light For Our Greatest Need
Dan Hill
Ephesians 2:13-16
SHBC - 2010

I remember a Christmas play in which there was a certain precocious little guy who also was ADD. He was given the job of being an angel in the big Christmas play. He practiced and practiced delivering his one line; "Behold I bring you glad tidings of great joy; peace on earth good will to all men." His mom had to explain to him that "glad tidings" meant "good news."

Well, the night of the performance came and everyone was nervous, especially the mom! When it came time for the little guy to deliver his line he got really nervous but he stepped up and delivered his line the best he could. He said, "Hey, I've got some really good news for you!"

Well, I have some really good news for you and it is the same good news that the angels delivered the night of Jesus' birth. Luke 2:14 (NKJV) "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" The will of God is that all men everywhere live in peace. 400 years before Jesus was ever born the Prophet Isaiah prophesied that one of the names that would be given to the Savior was "Prince of Peace." In fact, Isaiah said that there would be no end to the increase of his peace.
Now if earthly harmony was what God had in mind then the question has to be; where is this peace? Why is there so little of it in the world today? Why don't we have more peace in our families; at our work places; in our neighborhoods?
Can I ask you: How much personal peace do you have right this moment?
In just a few days we will start a brand new decade. It seems like just yesterday we were dealing with Y2K. Remember that one? None of us knows what this next decade holds. We don't even know what next month holds. There is so much that we don't know about next month or next year much less this next decade. But here is what I do know; the greatest need of every person in this room is for peace.
Not too long ago I was driving somewhere and listening ...

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