Scripture: Luke 2:8–14; Isaiah 9:6–7; Romans 8:6–7
Nativity Person(s):the Shepherds
THE PEACE OF CHRIST IS FOR EVERYONE
Maybe you could use some good news today because your spirit does not know real peace. In the arrival of Jesus Christ, we are given good news. The good news is this: you have not been forgotten by God. In fact, He has come to be with you in the midst of your struggle. He was born in the city of David, and He is the Messiah and the Lord. He is in charge. He is King. He is the one you have been waiting for.
PEACE IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF CONFLICT; IT IS THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
True peace can be experienced in the midst of the chaotic when we recognize that peace is not about our immediate circumstances, it is about the sovereign God who is faithful to walk with us through even the most difficult times.
GOD’S FAVOR COMES FROM BEING AT PEACE WITH GOD
The birth of this promised king is the coming of a new rule for the entire world, and that rule begins inside each and every one of our hearts. This baby grew up to be a man who offered Himself on the cross as atonement or payment for our sins. The peace that we find at Christmas comes from submitting to the leadership of Jesus Christ. It reorients our hearts, and it makes us friends of God. So, though the world may be in chaos around us, we find a comfort and a confidence in knowing that we have been made right with God through the blood of Jesus and that He is with us. His presence in our lives brings us peace.
I want to encourage you today, if you’ve never trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior to begin that relationship with Him and truly know the peace of God. Come talk to me after the service or contact me through the church if you’re watching on-line.
If you are already a believer, are you trying to find peace in the people around you? Or maybe in the things you hope can protect you? Just like Hope, peace can only be found in the person of Jesus Christ. Are you growing deeper in your relationship with Him? Are you letting His peace protect your thoughts?