Dec 24 – The Christmas Truce

John Richard Jepson served in the Ambulance Corp of the British army in the first world War. Recently, I spoke to his daughter Sylvia, who now lives in British Columbia. She told me that her father was present, when, on Christmas Eve, 1914, As darkness fell, some German troops set out lanterns and sang Christmas carols. The British soldiers applauded and called out greetings. The next day, German, French and British troops met to shake hands and share food. It became known as “the Christmas truce.” How wonderful that in our world, torn by wars, Jesus offers Himself as the “Prince of peace” to those who humbly accept Him. God’s Word says that Jesus , “… was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed.” By this heroic act at Calvary, Jesus made peace possible between a Holy God and sinful man. This Christmas, all can receive the greatest gift ever offered-“ peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell

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