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December 8, 2019, 8:54 PM

The Message of Christmas: Peace


THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS: PEACE

Trouble comes in this world. Travel from outside ourselves and from within. We are attacked by those around us, a cascade of problems comes unexpectedly. People around us attack without provocation. That doesn’t even count the irritants of a broken world.

 

More insidious than the attacks from without are the attacks from within. Our minds convince us that because of past failures we’ll never measure up. Our flaws stand out while are strengths are buried deep in our minds.

 

Calm turns into chaos quickly. Like a raging volcano spewing its molten ash we find our lives covered in the soot of an angry, out of control world. Into the madness comes the message of Christmas: Peace!

 

I pray for all who hear these words. May you know the peace of God. May He calm your spirit with the message of this season, speaking calm into the chaos. He is whispering tranquility into the tragedy.

 

The Biblical words for peace are so meaningful they demand attention. The Hebrew word is still heard today, “Shalom.” It was the favorite greeting carried even into the New Testament. It is found at the beginning or end of each NT letters except James and 1 John.

 

The New Testament, Greek, word is Eirene. From that word we get the word serene. Peace is the presence of serenity. It is NOT the absence of trials, but the comfort of God.

Together the words mean uninjured, safe, whole, and sound. It includes the concept of completeness. We are sound and whole.

 

We need peace because we live in a troubled world.

Jesus said as much when He gathered the disciples in that upper room before His crucifixion. He warned them that the world would hate them. He didn’t say if but that in this world we would have tribulation. (See John 14-16)

 

Expecting this world to be our friend is more than merely unrealistic. It is the opposite of what Jesus taught us.

 

Despite the presence of struggle, we can have peace. Jesus said he would give us his peace. His peace is so different from that which is offered by the world. It is unbound by the situation. It is a peace inside our hearts that expels our fears, strengthens our hearts and changes our outlooks.

 

We have peace because of who Jesus is.

We have peace because Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

Isaiah predicts the titles of the Messiah in the well-known passage

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 emphasis mine)

 

Peace is one of His titles. He is bound by His name to bring peace into our lives. In the Old Testament His name is “Yahweh Shalom,” God our healer. Jesus bears the name peace in His title.

 

The problem is that there Their peace was conditional. They had peace so long as they maintained a right relationship with the Lord.

 

God brought peace into that troubled situation. Jesus came to change it. Isaiah continues:

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

 

Peace because of what Jesus DID

The first message delivered announcing the arrival of the King was the message of peace. The shepherds heard:

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:14)

 

We have peace through Christ’s blood on the Cross

      • Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
      • Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

These passages show us that the work of bringing peace with God has been done! It is accomplished once and for all time. He took the initiative to bring peace with God to us.

 

The word of God does not say peace will be made. No! It says we have peace with God now. It doesn’t say we might have peace! God’s word says we have peace, right now! It is accomplished and paid for by Jesus’ work.

 

 

Jesus made peace with the world.

“That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:19)

 

Take a moment and consider your list. Make a list of all the times you have failed. List all the sins, all the flaws. What would that list look like? Overwhelming? Depressing?

 

Did you see that? The great news of peace. Shalom says that God does not count your sin against you. God reconciled the account. He put His righteousness on the side opposite your sins and declared the sheet paid off.

 

He makes us RIGHT with God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

 

Paul continued the discussion by telling how Jesus made the reconciling possible. He took your list and put it on Jesus, thereby wiping your column out. He took your sin and put it on Jesus. That is how peace is made.

 

Did you also see what happens to your sin? It doesn’t count.

 

My son, Josiah, is currently playing a basketball game on his tablet. It’s a three-inning game. He has an undefeated season going. Today I learned how it has happened. With one out left he was losing the game. So instead of finishing the game he stops it. Game stopped, no entry in the loss column. All the negatives of the game are wiped away.

 

While his method may be questionable, it is a beautiful illustration of the spiritual truth. God wipes out the game, erasing all the negatives. And he does it again and again. He allows for you to have a perfect record!

 

RESPONDING TO THE PROMISE-BECAUSE OF PEACE:

  • Let peace GUARD your heart (Phil 4:7, Colossians 3:15)

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:7)

Peace stands guard over your heart, protecting you and allowing you to stand even when it does not make sense.

 

  • Let Peace HEAL your relationships (Col 3:13-14)

Christians should live in peace. To live in peace does not mean that suddenly all differences in opinion are eliminated, but it does require that loving Christians work together despite their differences. To live in love leads to peace between individuals and among the members of the body of believers.

 

  • Let Peace CALM your spirit

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)

God’s peace will rule in our hearts. It is in control.

 

This season, when the busyness of the world presses all around us may you know peace. May His peace settle on your heart amidst the chaos. Listen to His still small voice. Allow it to calm your spirit and soothe your anxiety. He is there right now.

 

Know His peace today. Receive it. Your alternative is to try to make peace yourself. It won’t work. Accept what He did for you. Say this prayer:

 

Dear Jesus, I need you now. My list is really long. I cannot fix all of it. I believe you died for me moving my sin to your account and your righteousness to mine. I believe that you became sin so that I could be clean. I also believe that you rose from the dead. Please come into my life right now. Take me sin away. I receive your gift.

 

If you prayed that prayer, please know that you have been completely washed by the blood of Jesus. You have been adopted into His family. Please share your decision with me. Blessings on you!


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