Peace with God - Luke 2:8-20

Glory to God in the highest

Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

In another instance, Jesus said He did not come to send peace on the earth, but a sword. Then He prophesied that those who received Him would experience persecution, even from their own families (Mathew 10:34-36).

How do these verses fit together?

The peace the angels were singing about was not a peace between men; they were rejoicing that there would be peace between God and man. When Jesus prophesied division and war in Matthew 10, He was speaking of relationships between men.

Through the Old Testament law, God released His wrath on man’s sin (Romans 4:15). It wasn’t the wrath of Satan that Jesus suffered on the cross. He suffered the wrath of His Father (Isaiah 53:10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

The Father placed our punishment for our sins on Jesus. This ended the war between God and man. This is the peace that the angels were proclaiming.

As a result of men receiving this peace from God, there has also been reconciliation between men, but that is only an effect; not the actual peace.

These effects are secondary.