Let Me Be Frank… 12-11-19

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,  14  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!  Luke 2:13-14
“A different kind of King requires a different kind of entrance.”  I loved this quote from Kyle Harris’ communion meditation this weekend…  and I’ve been dwelling on it all week long.
If a different kind of King requires a different kind of entrance, then everything about this King will be different.  In this Kingdom, If you want to gain your life, you must lose it for the sake of Jesus.  To win the victory, you must surrender your heart.  And, if you want peace, you’ll need to fight for it.
Peace means many things to many people.  For those in times of war, it means the battle comes to an end.  For those living busy lives, it means calm.  For those with troubled minds, anxious and overwhelmed, it means tranquility.  Jesus says, “Peace, I give you.”  But…
A different kind of King requires a different kind of peace
The Angel of the Lord began the announcement of Jesus with two words.  “Fear not.”  But it was all the shepherds could do to keep from shaking.  Their dark sky lit up and shined like the dawn.  This was not like anything they had ever seen.  They trembled with fear.  It’s easy to say, “fear not.”  It’s much more difficult to put that into practice.
But, once the angels left, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem.”  Peace requires action.
The world will tell you to fight for your peace.  “If I could just have a moment’s peace.  If I could have peace in my heart.  If I could have peace in my relationships, everything would be fine.”  That’s a lot of I’s, isn’t it?
A different kind of King requires a different kind of peace
Maybe peace isn’t focusing on yourself.  Maybe peace is action, seeking the Savior when the sky looks dark.  Moving, even though you are scared and trembling, because you know it’s the right thing to do.  Coming to the manger without a gift of gold, frankincense, or myrrh, but giving your heart instead. 
It’s interesting.  The same word for “pleased” here is the same word found in Matthew 3:16-17 when a voice from Heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
And I’m reminded of another passage that we just finished studying…  What does the Lord require of you?  What does the Lord require of me?
“To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly.”  Peace requires action.  May we seek the peace that comes through Jesus as the Holy Spirit directs our paths and speaks to our hearts.

We are Central… and we’re in this TOGETHER!