The Peace We Must Share

Dec 1, 2023 158

Christmas celebrates when God gave us the greatest gift of all, the gift of his Son for our salvation.

We remember the unfathomable generosity of God by giving gifts. This Christmas I am asking you for a gift.

Please help us reach our goal of raising $30,573 by 31 December, and by doing this, you will be sharing the message of salvation with millions of people from every nation on earth.

Most of us have been supporting GNU for a long time. That’s why I don’t want to write the typical appeal letter to you. I will not fill it with testimonies and statistics because you already know the importance and global impact of GNU.

Instead, I simply want to remind you of the Gospel.

On that first Christmas day, the angels filled the sky with song: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14.). In this way, they announced the birth of the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6). That baby grew and was revealed as the Messiah, our Saviour, who gave us his peace (John 14:27).

What is this peace that we receive? What is this peace we must share? The apostle Paul writes, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1).

Did you get that? The way to have peace with God is as a result of having been justified through faith. It’s only when you clearly understand this that you will see the meaning of Jesus’ first words to his disciples on the resurrection morning:

“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord” (John 20:19–20).

There is only peace in the wounds of Christ. When you accept his wounds for you, they can turn your fear into overwhelming joy. That is what it means to have true peace – when you have been justified through faith. And, after saying the words we have just read, Jesus commissioned his followers to share his peace: “So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21).

This is the message that the world needs this Christmas, instead of the messages about consumerism and excess eating and drinking!

All who profess to be followers of Jesus have been called to share this peace with the world around them. There is no better way to share the peace of Jesus with some of the people in the world who most need to receive it, than to support GNU in our gospel ministry. You can respond to the gift that God has given you in Christ by giving a gift to GNU this Christmas.

The ministry of GNU can only survive and continue to share the Gospel because of the “widow’s mite” that you and so many faithful people like you can give.

That’s why I am inviting you to make this Christmas special, not just for yourself but for many other people whom you will probably only meet in the kingdom of heaven. These are the people who will be there because you gave today.

So, I remind you to please help us reach our goal of raising $30,573 by 31 December. Help spread the Word about Jesus fast.

In the words of the Lord Jesus himself, “Freely you have received; freely give” (Matthew 10:8).

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