The phrase “peace on earth” is an extract from the Gospel according to St. Luke (Luke 2 vs. 14).
In the Gospel, a heavenly host of angels appeared to a group of shepherds as they watched over their flocks. The angels praised the Lord with the chorus, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
The proclamation of peace will make for a reminder of God’s peace that surpasses all understanding to calm your spirit when the waves of unrest rage around you.
It’s a gentle reminder of the reason for the season. Share these good tidings with your family and friends by creatively sprinkling them around your yard, by the front porch, or on the walls inside your hallway.
Here’s a different variation that depicts the white dove as a symbol of peace.
The nativity story as told in the book of Matthew speaks of three wise men who traveled from the east by the miraculous leading of a star. (Matthew 2 vs. 1-12)
Also referred to as the three kings or Magi, the men came bearing gifts of symbolic significance in honor of the newborn king. They came with gold, frankincense, and myrrh to bequeath to the baby king born that night.
Interesting Facts About the Gifts Presented to Jesus by the Three Wise Men
Did you know that the wise men’s gifts given to Jesus’ parents have symbolic importance to Christians?
Gold symbolizes royalty because Jesus is the King of Kings
Frankincense, which is sometimes used during worship in the church, signified Jesus’ priesthood.
Myrrh was often used in embalming bodies, which foreshadowed Jesus’s suffering on the cross and subsequent resurrection.
Inspiring Lessons from the Wise Men
The visit of the wise men at the birth of Christ has essential lessons that Christians can draw from like:
They prioritized their pursuit of the King. These men traveled a long distance, which may have taken them years, and they were committed to their pursuit of the Lord.
Their purpose for the journey was to worship the King. Reverence for the Lord is the ultimate purpose of celebrating Christmas for Christians.
They chose to worship the Savior with their efforts (the journey couldn’t have been an easy one), time, and substance. The gifts they presented were valuable and should inspire Christians to honor the Lord with their material possessions.
They took heed of the divine warning through their dreams and returned to their respective homes in another way. As Christians, it’s crucial to listen to the voice of God through biblical teachings and act accordingly in directing our lives.
Putting up this flag in your home or garden is a reminder of the Kingship of Jesus. Additionally, it reminds you that God will always give you direction on your journey through life.
When he was born, Jesus’ mother, Mary, placed him in a manger (Luke 2 vs. 7).
A manger is an animal feeding trough or box which is made of wood or stone.
There couldn’t have been a more humble manner of being ushered into this world than Jesus’ first bed being an animal feeding box.
Take Homes from the Story of the Manger
The King of Kings, royalty, being born in a lowly setting signifies the true meaning of humility.
Jesus is often described as the bread of life, and his birth came to bring life through the redemption of sins symbolized by his lying in a feeding trough.
The story of the manger shows the accessibility of Jesus. He came to redeem all, not an elite few, and anyone who so wishes can call upon His name and be saved.
Regardless of how dire the circumstances look, there’s a higher purpose. It must have been frustrating for Mary and Joseph not to find room in an inn that night. However, when all was said and done, the manger ended up being a clarion call for salvation.
Christmas is a befitting occasion to hang flags recreating the nativity scene. Let your flags shine as the focal point of your festive decorations.