Peace

Peace

Christmas means so much too many different people and for many different reasons. For some it is the time of being with family and friends. Of course, for others it is all about presents and trying to create the perfect holiday for our children or grandchildren. Yet, the coming of the Messiah goes way beyond any of these things. I am reminded that Isaiah prophesied that He would be the Prince of Peace.

Peace, what is it really? Some would say that peace is the absence of strife or problems. Yet, this is not how Jesus describes peace. He tells us in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Jesus does not describe the absence of trouble or problems as peace. He says that even in the midst of tribulations there can be peace. This peace can only come through knowing Who holds everything in the palm of His hand. Peace comes in knowing that Jesus said He would never leave us nor forsake us. Peace comes in knowing that no matter what happens in our lives victory in circumstances is already ours. We can have peace because our Lord has overcome the world. Now He is not talking about a planet, He is speaking to a system. A worldly system is corrupt, evil, and perverse. This system has the purpose of destroying all that is good and righteous. Jesus has overcome this system. And because Jesus has overcome, we too can have peace in the midst of the battle that rages around and against us.

However, this peace can only come to those who have come to the knowledge of their need for a Savior. Peace comes in surrender. My prayer for all who may read this blog is that this Christmas you may truly know peace through Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace. Just ask Him to forgive you of all your sin, to come into your life, and make you that new person. Then get yourself into a church that teaches the Bible so that peace will grow inside you all year through.

 

Merry Christmas