“Publish glad tidings, tidings of peace—tidings of Jesus, redemption and release.” These words from an old hymn, “O Zion, Haste” remind me of the angels’ song, announcing Christ’s birth. “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.” Luke 2:14 (NLT)
Peace is a hard-to-come-by commodity. It’s something most of us long for, but find it elusive. On an international scale, it truly seems impossible.
My personal belief is the peace the angels sang about speaks to our relationships—first with God and then with each other. We experience peace in our soul when we believe these holy messengers who proclaimed the birth of a Savior, and make that belief personal. The angels’ tidings of peace speak of redemption and release—in other words, accepting the forgiveness Jesus offers when we trust in Him.
Peace in our relationships often requires sacrifice too, forgiving those who hurt or offend us, loving them when we’d rather walk away, knowing when to “keep the peace” and when to lovingly confront. The Bible speaks to this peace when it says “as far as it depends on you, live at peace with all men.” Romans 12:18 (NASB)
Through the Advent, the world was reconciled to its Creator. Jesus came to heal the wounds caused by sin and to close the gap between God and us. He wants that peace, that reconciliation, for all of us. He gave His life to make it possible, but the choice is ours, to accept His peace or not.
“Publish glad tidings, tidings of peace, tidings of Jesus–redemption and release.” To publish means to make known or to announce formally. The angels did just that with their joyous song of praise. Now that’s a message worth singing about.