There's more than meets the eye when it comes to Luke's account of the Christmas story. On the surface, it's a candid record of all that happened on the night of Jesus' birth. He was placed in a manger, angels announced the news to nearby shepherds, and they hurried off to find the baby—offering their praise. All in all, pretty straightforward.

Luke's language won't allow us to think this was just another night in Bethlehem, however. In describing Christ's birth as "good news that will cause great joy for all the people," Luke is lifting our eyes above the facts of the story to the divine peace that moves toward us in Jesus.

In this Christmas message from Luke 2, Pete Briscoe prepares your heart to experience that divine peace announced by the angels. Demonstrating that "Peace emerges in moments of biblical contemplation," Pete encourages you to engage the Word of the Lord this season through reading, reflection, response, and, ultimately, rest.