"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; the wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, good will to men."
-lyrics from I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
This is a line from my favorite Christmas hymn. I always seem to forget how most Christmas hymns are so theologically rich. I can't help but worship God when I sing lines like these.
During this Christmas season I've found myself longing for the coming of Jesus...not as a baby in a manger, but as Lord and King of the earth. I've been enjoying these daily advent videos from the 24-7 prayer movement that focus on the phrase "Oh Lord, Come."
I feel this phrase ties in so well with the above lyric because the writer is longing for peace on earth. In the verse before this phrase, he is despairing that peace is not here, that "hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men." In the midst of such a gloomy statement is hidden the desire for the Lord to come and bring peace. The writer sees how this earth is not what God intended for His people.
Thankfully, the writer hears the response of God in the midst of the Christmas bells. "The wrong shall fail, the right prevail." God is going to set things right. That all began with sending His son, Jesus, to be born, to live a sinless life, to die on the cross and be separated from God for us and to rise again triumphantly three days later. Ever since then, Jesus has been working to bring peace on earth through His Holy Spirit and His church. And someday....someday He will come again as Lord and King of the earth.
So as you celebrate Jesus' first coming as a baby in a manger this weekend, I invite you to remember that He is coming again. No matter what your life circumstances or situations, know that He is going to bring "peace on earth, good will to men" once again through that baby in the manger coming as the King of Kings. If we have chosen to put our faith and hope in him, He will "wipe away every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away" (Revelation 21:4).
Oh Lord, Come.