“…Peace to those on whom His favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)
One of the greatest gifts that Christmas brings is the favor of God, but there is another word that is more familiar to most of us than “favor.” That word is “grace.” When Jesus came down to earth in human form, He gave us the two greatest gifts we could ever hope for – peace and grace.
There is no better feeling than laying your head down at night knowing that you are at peace with God, and you are ready to meet Him. There is also nothing like knowing you are under the grace of God. By His grace, the Lord’s hand and favor rest on you, not because of what you have done for Him, but because of what He has done for you. He did this through the little baby that was born 2,000 years ago.
Have you ever seen one of those car dealership commercials that says, “Anybody can buy a car here!” If you look closely, there is an asterisk next to that statement at the bottom of the screen. That asterisk has three letters beside it, “W.A.C.” Do you know what “W.A.C.” stands for? It stands for “With Approved Credit.” In other words, you can buy a car if you meet the qualifications, make it through the approval process, and if you have enough money to cover the bill.
The angels told us at Christmas that anyone could come to God, but there was no asterisk. There were no exceptions, no stipulations, and no limitations. The gift of salvation was completely free to anyone who accepted it. Simply do what the shepherds and wise men did – accept God’s grace that comes through the Prince of Peace, whose name is Jesus.