You will see and maybe send Christmas cards which proclaim:
"Peace on earth, goodwill towards men."
You may say to yourself, "Yeah, we all want peace and goodwill. Those are our goals."
Hold on, Peanut.
What does the verse say?
14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on
earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
First and foremost, God receives the Glory.
'peace among men with whom He is pleased'.
What started with a few shepherds, has spread through out the entire earth, through Christ and the men with whom He is pleased-those who believe, who are called by His title, Christians.
You may not be able to tell from the outside, and there may be rancor and divisions amongst us imperfect Christians, but we are at peace with God and pretty much at peace with each other.
When will it end? It won't.
18“In your seed all the nations of the earth
shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
When Christ returns and rules from His city Jerusalem...all the nations of the world will be blessed.
"9And the LORD will be king over all the earth;
in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only
one." Zechariah 14:9
Here comes the good part showing that all the world will be blessed:
"20“Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘It will
yet be that peoples will come, even the inhabitants of many cities.
21‘The inhabitants of one will
go to another, saying, “Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the LORD, and
to seek the LORD of hosts; I will also go.”
22‘So many peoples and mighty nations will come to
seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the LORD.’
23“Thus says the LORD of hosts,
‘In those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew,
saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” Zechariah 8:20-23
We may have to wait awhile, but give Glory to God, for He will accomplish what He has promised, and there will be Peace.