And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth Peace, Goodwill toward men!”
Many say "if Jesus came to bring peace on earth, then why is there still so much turmoil, anger, and violence in the earth? Why do people still want to kill each other?
First, we need to understand that the heavenly host did not say that Jesus was bringing peace to the earth (at least not right now), but the heavenly host said that "He was bringing On Earth- Peace and Good will toward men.
The main reason Jesus came was to express the Love and Good Will of the Father and to bring His Peace on earth, to all who would believe the Good News! and the good news is that Jesus came to save us or to rescue us from sin and from our own self destruction.
Sin spread like a virus and infected the entire human race. Every person on the earth has been infected by the sin of Adam. The only antidote for sin is Jesus. Jesus came to save us from sin.
Now most religion will teach that man in essence can save himself. Religion teaches that if man will work real hard that he can somehow balance the scales and make things right with God, but grace teaches the very opposite. Grace teaches that man could never reach God or save himself by any good work that he could ever do and Grace teaches that our right standing with God can never be achieved, but can only be received as a gift.
If man could save himself then Christ died in vain. Man could not save himself, so God intervened and sent us Jesus.
Listen , the big problem with works is that no amount of good works could ever change our sin nature.
I mean, you can take a pig and wash the mud off and put a bow on it's head, but it's still by nature a pig! Man's problem was not just an external one , it was an internal one. Man by nature was a sinner and needed a new nature. Jesus not only came to forgive our sins, but He also came to give us a new heart and a new nature.
No amount of religious effort could change our nature, In fact religion will often make a person meaner and even angrier. Much of the violence that we are witnessing today is a direct result of people involved in religion.
The Pharisees were very religious, they knew the book but they did not know the author of the book.
Grace teaches that we could never save ourselves so it says "quit trying and start trusting."
Grace teaches that God loved us so much that He sent his only Son to jump into this world to save us, but we must choose to reach out beyond our own self effort and cling to Him.
John 3;16 says "
Jesus said " Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27
Matthew 10:34-36 Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’
Many will not be happy about your conversion to Christ, even those in your own household will come against you. Why? because there is no fellowship between light and darkness. You are walking one way and they are walking another way.
So whats up with the sword? What sword did Jesus bring? Well its not what you think. Its not like a Lord of the rings sword, where Jesus starts swinging and hacking off body parts.
Remember when Peter thought He would help Jesus out by cutting off the ear of one guy that came to arrest Jesus ? Jesus told Peter "Put up your sword" and then Jesus put the guys ear back on his head.
The sword that Jesus was speaking of was not a physical sword, but a spiritual sword, it was the sword the of the Spirit and the word of God.
Ephesians 6 tells us to take helmet salvation, and , which is word God;
The reason the world sill lacks peace is because the only real peace can only be found in Jesus. Peace is not found in stuff, or money or even in physical relationships. True peace olny comes when we choose to receive the Prince of Peace, who is Jesus.