The Gifts of Christmas: PEACE

Peace is defined as “freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.” But it is often in situations that are exactly the opposite that we most recognize our need for peace and the power of the peace God provides. We see peace most clearly not in the absence of noise, suffering, and conflict but in the midst of it.

“Sleep in heavenly peace,” from the song “Silent Night” brings calm, soothing, peaceful images to our minds, and it’s often a worshipful break in the midst of our hectic holiday preparations. But that very first silent night was not actually very silent. This is the world Jesus came to. The world was not at peace. There was a divide between God and people. There was conflict among families and nations. There was political tumult and Roman oppression in Israel. Mary and Joseph were in the midst of demanding physical travel forced by Roman politicians. And there was unrest in the hearts of many. But in the midst of all this, Jesus came as the Prince of Peace.

Peace with God

  • Romans 5:1-2
  • Ephesians 2:12-14

Peace Within

  • Romans 5:1-2
  • Ephesians 2:12-14

Peace to Come

  • John 16:33

Accept God’s Gift of Salvation

Where is your chaos today? Where is your warfare and unrest? Let me encourage you that the Prince of Peace is greater. His peace is more powerful.

This is the peace we long for. As we celebrate the Advent season of waiting, let’s recognize that we wait with longing for God’s peace to be made perfect in our world. Let’s also remember that the peace of Christ is also here and now and waiting to fill us all.

If you have never accepted the gift of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, that is the beginning to finding real peace. You can find peace with God, Your loving Father; peace within your own troubled heart; peace with the people around you; and peace for your future and all of eternity. Talk to Pastor Mark!