“Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” // Luke 1:78-79
Hey all! Happy December! We’re officially into the Christmas season, and I still can’t believe it’s the last month of the year already. This year literally flew by!
Maybe this year has been good to you, or maybe it’s been something unlike you ever imagined. Either way, it seems like every time we turn on the news, there’s another story of tragedy, loss, and heartbreak. The word peace seems to be a thing of the past, something so elusive that nobody on planet earth right now could experience it.
Last week we talked about the hope of Christmas. This week I want to talk about the peace of Christmas. Because even though we live in a world of chaos, confusion, and fear, peace is a real thing that we can have. Not because of what is going on all around us, but because Peace is a Person who was born and lives right now, even in the midst of everything going on around us.
We give Jesus a lot of names, but one of the most powerful names we can give Him is the Prince of Peace. Isaiah gave Him this name when He prophesied about Him in Isaiah 9:6 when he said, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
When you read that, how does that make you feel? Jesus, born in a manger to a young women, fully God and yet fully man, is the Prince of Peace. If you believe that Jesus came and lived a perfect life, conquering death on the cross and then rose again for the forgiveness of your sins, then the promise of peace is yours in abundance today.
If you believe that Jesus came and lived a perfect life, conquering death on the cross and then rose again for the forgiveness of your sins, then the promise of peace is yours in abundance today.
There’s never been a moment out of God’s hands. He’s never once been freaked out by the latest news headline. He’s never once been caught off guard by something that’s happened in the world, or to you. He’s full of peace. It’s who He is. Because of this, here are three things that the Prince of Peace born in the manger can mean for you this Christmas season:
1.Because Jesus was born, we can have peace with God.
We were separated from God because of our sin. Because God is completely righteous and is just (Psalm 89:14), He had to punish sin. So instead of leaving us in a completely helpless state where we’d be separated from Him and punished for our sins forever (Romans 6:23), He sent Jesus to be born, live a perfect life, and then pay the punishment for our sins on the cross. Because of this, anyone who believes in what Jesus did and receives His forgiveness as their own is completely forgiven and has a new life in Christ (Romans 10:9-10, 2 Corinthians 5:17). They’re reconciled with God. Therefore, we have peace with God. No matter what you do or don’t do, you’re covered by the grace and forgiveness Jesus purchased for all of us. This allows us an intimate relationship with God. Because of the baby born in the manger, we can have peace with God.
2. Because Jesus was born, we can have peace with ourselves.
Guilt, shame, regret, and fear are a host of reasons why we don’t have peace within ourselves. We struggle with addictions, decisions, and consequences for not-so-great choices. But all of these things can be overcome and healed with Jesus. When we know Christ as our Savior, we are dead to guilt, dead to shame, and can trust God to take whatever bad mistakes and choices we’ve made and use them for His glory and our good (Isaiah 1:18. Psalm 103:12, Romans 8:28). When we trust God, He takes away our fear and gives us life to the full (Isaiah 41:10, John 10:10). Because of Jesus, the inner turmoil caused by our own doing and fears can be replaced with His perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3).
3. Because Jesus was born, we can have peace with others.
In a broken world, we have conflicts with others, and others may not always agree with us. But forgiveness is essential in the Christian life (Ephesians 4:32). But in our own strength, we can’t forgive others. We may not even want to. But because Jesus was born and by His sacrifice we have received forgiveness, we can now access the Holy’s Spirit’s powerful to forgive others and have a chance of having once broken relationships healed again. Because Jesus was born, we can have peace with other people.
As we enter into a Christmas season full of busyness, parties, and endless crowds of shoppers, let us take a moment and quiet our hearts, resting in the peace God provides. Your provision of peace started in a manger many, many years ago, because God knew you would need peace right where you are today, for whatever is going on around you.
Your provision of peace started in a manger many, many years ago, because God knew you would need peace right where you are today, for whatever is going on around you.
If your heart’s anxious, wrestling, or overwhelmed, you can find your peace in the Prince of Peace today.
When we fix our hearts on the Prince of Peace, others will notice. Things in our live may not be perfect, but that’s not what God ever promised. But He did promise peace every step of the way through His Son, our ultimate peace. When we walk hand in hand with His peace, you never know, someday we might just change the world ❤
Until Next Time,