Peace On Earth At Christmas

We often read the phrase peace on Earth goodwill to men on Christmas cards. It’s a beautiful sentiment, but it may not mean what most think. Read about real peace on Earth.


Before I spent time in Israel, I imagined Shepherd’s Field, the place where angels announced the birth of Jesus to lowly shepherds, like a big open grassy plain. A place of great beauty and open spaces like on a Christmas card. The picture below is of Shepherd’s Field today. It’s not at all what I imagined, but then, most of what is true in the bible is not what most of us imagine

Shepherd’s field is like much of Israel, rocky and bleached by the sun with some scraggly brush and a few hearty weather-worn trees!  

Shepherd’s field consists of two sloping hillsides meeting in a narrow ravine. This is the real place where the angel of the Lord suddenly stood before the shepherds with the glory of the Lord surrounding them, frightening the poor shepherds almost to death (Luke: 2:9)!  

This is the real place where God’s angels came with a message from God, not only to the shepherds but to the whole world!

” A message of good news and great joy for all the people” (Luke 2:10).  

When I take away all my preconceived notions of what Shepherd’s field should look like and what I think happened, I begin to see the simple and real truths of this passage.  

Here, on an ordinary evening in an ordinary field in Israel were ordinary men of lowly status doing their ordinary job. They were probably like many of us, going to work and maybe not loving it. They had real-life problems and real-life wants and needs. It was just another ordinary evening on the outskirts of Bethlehem two thousand years ago.  

But God stepped into their lives!

I love to read the words but God in the Bible. You know He is about to work in marvelous, awesome ways! But God stepped into their lives!

God had an announcement. Like a proud Abba (Hebrew for Daddy), He told of the birth of His Son.  This is where the ordinary stopped, and the incredible and extraordinary began!  

The angel said,

for today in the city of David, there has been born to you a Savior who is Christ the Lord.” ( Luke 2:11).  

To the ancient Jews, ancient, orthodox, eastern thinkers, here is a little flavor of what they heard in those words…

Today in King David’s city…

Today in the city of David: King David’s city was Bethlehem. Bethlehem means house of bread. Isn’t it amazing that Jesus, the Bread of Life, was born there? No coincidence.

Is born to you: Israel

A Savior: One who had been foretold by the Prophets and long-awaited He was the one who would save his people.

Who is Christ: Christ is the Greek word for the Hebrew word Messiah, meaning the anointed One. Only kings, prophets, and priests were anointed. Anointed means to have oil poured over one’s head as a  sign of being singled out and having the ability to do a specific job.

The Lord: Lord means creator, owner, in essence, God.  

But Why would this be such good news to all men?

The chorus of heavenly angels who appeared to praise God might have the answer!   They said,

Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth among men with whom  He is well pleased (Luke 2:14)!  

The Christmas cards stop the verse too soon. They usually leave out among men with whom He is well pleased.  

Here is the good news for all people! Peace! The Hebrew word for peace is Shalom. It is a word rich in meaning, a word deep and wide with wholeness and well-being.

This is the peace God was proclaiming. This peace brought about by His Son is not the kind of peace we read about on our Christmas cards. Oh no!  God is not saying peace on earth as in no war. It is not a kumbaya kind of peace, you know, let’s-all-be-one-big-happy-family kind of peace. Oh, no.

The peace God is proclaiming is even better! It is a peace between God Himself and the people that please Him. So how can we please Him?

Here is the best part! We don’t have to do anything to please Him! We can please Him by believing.

Believe in the Son He sent. It is this Son that will repair the relationship between God and men broken by our sin.  It is this tiny newborn baby that would grow up and shed His sinless blood to wipe away our sins that keep us from the Father. It is this Christ that will bring about the peace all men desire!  

God loves us so so much. He wants to have a relationship of wholeness and completeness between Himself and us. So great was this desire that He would give us His Son to save us and bring eternal peace between GOD AND MEN!  

“For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to judge it, but that the world should be saved through Him” John 3: 16 and 17.  

The shepherds watching their flocks in Shepherd’s field were the first to hear God’s birth announcement of His Son on the night Jesus was born. They heard God’s invitation of peace in the angel’s praises, and the shepherds went seeking Him.  

And they found Him! Those lowly, work-a-day shepherds found the Savior, the Christ, The Peacemaker, the Lord! And to the world’s surprise, He was lowly like them, lying in a food trough.   

Are you seeking too? Because if you are, you WILL also find Him! 

“Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be open unto you. For whoever asks receives, whoever seeks finds, and whoever knocks it shall be open.” Luke 7: 7and 8  

Ask for God’s peace in your life. Seek the Savior with all your heart. Knock on the door to a relationship with God Himself.  

I spent an evening in Shepherd’s field. It was an ordinary evening in an ordinary field in Israel.  But God stepped in and made it incredible and extraordinary. He impressed me with the real truth about Shepherd’s Field and Peace on Earth!  

This Christmas, I wish you SHALOM! I wish you PEACE! An everlasting peace between you and God!  

Scripture verse to think about…

Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth among men with whom  He is well pleased. Luke 2:14 

Merry Christmas, dear ones!

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  1. This is one of my relaxing parts of Sundays, reading your explanation of the Scripture, which gives me strength and joy. I still have Monday off to prepare some stuff for my students. By the way, I prepared your shortbread Scottish cookies, which were delicious, but I am sure there should be an ingredient to put the dough together.

    Thanks for everything you post, and specially for your Sunday posts.

    Big hug for all of you,

  2. Thank you, Yvonne! Such a complex and deep message, but so simple….<3

  3. Ii am always touched by the scriptures and your love for the Lord.

    1. Peace. This Christmas, true “Peace” has been my personal awakening as to what Peace on Earth truly means! What a blessing!
      Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Yvonne!

  4. Beautiful story of love. Thank you.

  5. Such a powerful and simple truth Yvonne. My perfect peace is always found in Him, at all times in all seasons Thank you for Sunday’s words of truth and encouragement.

  6. Thank you for. sharing this powerful message. Just what I needed this Monday morning.

  7. Melanie Schroeder says:

    Loved this post, you have once again left me in tears. You so zero in on a message. You are not just a decorating blogger. Thank you, God bless you and yours!

  8. You will never know how important this was to me.

  9. Debbie McDonald says:

    I read this this morning with a heavy heart. My family has been through a lot this year. I needed to be reminded of the love and peace of mind that our Savior provides. Thank you so much for this post. May God bless us all in the coming year.

  10. Love your Sunday posts, you make scripture so easy and simple. These messages are true gifts. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  11. Debbie Curry says:

    Thank you for this beautiful and descriptive reflection, especially for those of us who will never be able to see the Shepherds Field. May we all be lambs in His field. Peace, Debbie

  12. Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing. As a student of the Bible and teacher of the Bible to women, I love reading your Sunday posts. May you day be filled with blessings and family as you worship our Savior and celebrate His birth.

    1. Thank you Connie, God bless your day and ministry. May our Lord fill you with His Holy Spirit as you draw closer to Him.

  13. Beautifully said! Merry Christmas!

  14. Beautifully written! Thank you, and Merry Christmas!

  15. What a beautiful message and so well told. Thank you Yvonne.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  16. Thankyou so much. I wish you and your family the happiest of Christmases.

  17. Chris sutton says:

    This was perfect for Christmas Eve.
    Thank you for sharing your gifts!

  18. Beautiful. I love your writings about our Lord. Thank you and Merry Christmas!!!

  19. Thank you for this beautiful story. I always look forward to your Sunday posts. Merry Christmas Yvonne!

  20. That was beautiful, thank you!!! Merry Christmas in advance.. love and Hugs

  21. Just beautiful!! Thank you for sharing such inspiration!
    Merry Christmas!

  22. Thanks for todays message. I also believed Shepherd’s Field was a wide-open grazing space. maybe a little rocky with a few bushies.

  23. What a beautiful message for all of us! Thank you for your insight and for spreading to all of us! Merry Christmas!

  24. This is so beautiful. Thank you so much for posting it.

  25. Nancy Brantley says:


  26. Robbie Pink says:

    Beautiful! Thank you.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  27. Yvonne. Thank you so much for reminding me of the true meaning of Christmas. I get so busy, so stressed
    that I need to pause more often than I do. Merry Christmas, Barb

  28. Dawn Mooring says:

    Thanks for sharing the true meaning of the Christmas message. Most people are afraid of offending people with the Truth. But you lovingly shared the Gospel message to some who may never consider just Who the real peace comes from or what real peace is.
    Merry Christmas!