Peace on Earth

Christmas.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Well, at least in my opinion and according to a popular Christmas song.  It’s a season of joy.  It’s a season of gatherings.  It’s a season of “peace.”  Another popular Christmas song boasts, “Peace on the earth, good will to men, from heaven’s all gracious King.”

Most people long for peace on Earth, and many also believe that Christ came to the earth to bring peace.  However, Jesus himself said something completely different.  He said, “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!  But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!  Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.  From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.  They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” (Luke 12:49-53 NIV)

The peace that Jesus brought is not peace in the sense that there will be no more bickering or fighting; no hatred or disdain.  The peace that Jesus brought is a personal, internal, heartfelt peace…the peace of knowing that your soul is in the arms of the Savior.

The awesomeness of Christ is not in His birth.  Please understand that I’m not negating His miraculous birth and its importance.  In fact, I believe that it is wonderful to celebrate His birth because without his willingness to be born of a virgin, He could not have brought about salvation.  Yet, the awesomeness if Christ is His death, burial and resurrection.  A sinless life was sacrificed for our lowly sakes.  Paul said, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-3 NIV)

Indeed, Christ brought peace to this earth, but it is not the peace of all men getting along.  The peace that Christ brought is the peace of knowing that He is coming again and that He is taking His faithful home to live with Him in Glory.

Peace, perfect, peace,
In this dark world of sin:
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

Peace, perfect peace,
By thronging duties pressed:
To do the will of Jesus this is rest.

Peace, perfect peace,
With sorrows surging round:
On Jesus’ bosom naught but calm is found.

It is enough:
Earth’s struggles soon shall cease,
And Jesus call us to heavens perfect peace.

May you know the peace of Christ.  May you be filled with the hope of everlasting life.  May you have true joy that supplies contentment.  May you know the Christ.

Merry Christmas!

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