Will the War be over by Christmas?

SoldierPeace on Earth: A Parable for Christmas

December 1914, the men of two huge armies faced each other across the fields and woods of Belgium and France, and prepared for their first Christmas of the Great War.

At nightfall on Christmas Eve, there was an outbreak of peace and goodwill among the British and German soldiers.

It was a beautiful moonlit night, the air was still, and frost covered the ground. This unusual quietness was broken by the sound of ‘Silent Night’ and other carols, coming across from the German lines. The British troops watched in amazement as Christmas trees adorned with lighted candles appeared on the German parapets. Greetings were exchanged; the unofficial truce had begun.

By noon on Christmas Day the whole British-German front was given over to this spirit of goodwill and reconciliation. Pots of jam were swapped for cigars, bottles of Schnapps were passed round and in some places even an impromptu football match took place.

But the unofficial truce didn’t last. The mood of reconciliation evaporated and the men of the two armies went to war again.

These events serve as a parable for our time – all year long people are at war with God, they are hostile to His commands and live to please themselves. Yet at Christmas-time people come out from their trenches. They go to church, sing carols and name the name of Jesus Christ. There is a spirit of peace and goodwill and people have conciliatory thoughts towards the Babe of Bethlehem.

But in the end there is no real change. No real peace between God and men. The mood of reconciliation passes with the Season and people return to their enmity toward God and His Son – Jesus Christ.

How will you spend your Christmas? A temporary truce? Will you remain un-reconciled to your Maker, soon to renew hostilities?

If we continue to war against God our defeat and destruction is inevitable. The war is unequal. God will have the victory. What is right and what is just will be done. But the war could be over this Christmas:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John chapter 3 verse 16)

God invites you to be reconciled to Him through His Son. Jesus has done everything necessary for this through His death on the cross:
“When we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son” (Romans chapter 5 verse 10)

Take God at His word. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not an enemy to be repelled but a friend to be welcomed. Finish with going your own way, end your rebellion, lay down your arms.

Come to Jesus Christ and unconditionally surrender to Him as Lord and Saviour. If you do, you will find like so many others, true forgiveness, a new life and peace with God:
“Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy chapter 1 verse 15)

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