19 | Peace
Not only does Immy remind us that it's only 6 days until Christmas...!!! But that, "Jesus Christ gives us peace now, peace tomorrow… AND peace everlasting!"
It’s 6 days until Christmas, and if we’re honest, a lot of us just aren’t feeling the peaceful vibes. Being completely at peace seems an unrealistic feat considering the stress that accumulates at this time of year; from trying to decide whether you can afford to get a gift for your parents, to choosing a dress to wear to the Christmas ball, or trying to meet school or university deadlines. Even for Christians, Christmas can so often be a less peaceful time of year than any other, but this doesn’t have to be the case…
Thanks to Jesus, peace isn’t just a feeling, but is also a state in which we are in a perfect relationship with our Father in Heaven!
Born as a baby in an animal trough, Jesus comes down (Emmanuel – God with us!) from his perfect life in heaven, to grow up (Philippians 2:6-11), and become the perfect sacrifice on our behalf (but more on that at Easter!). Isaiah 9:6, a quote that is used a lot at Christmas time to show God’s salvation plan throughout history, also tells us a lot about who Jesus is for us:
“…And He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father” and…. “PRINCE OF PEACE”.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace, essentially because, like a King in battle, He has won peace with God for us, through his death and resurrection!
Jesus took our sin and replaced it with his own righteousness, so that, when God looks at us, he sees pure, sinless righteousness (Colossians 2:14). Everlasting peace with God our Father, the creator of the universe has got to be the coolest gift I’ve ever been given. Ever.
Therefore, as a result of being at peace with God, we can feel at peace in our day to day lives, trusting in God’s sovereignty and provision for us.
This brings me to the main verse of this post today. In John 14:27, Jesus says,
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”.
We live in such a scary world today, so much so, that I don’t watch the news anymore because I get too scared to find out where the next mass shooting or bombing was. But Hebrews 10:19-22 explains that Jesus’ death destroyed the temple curtain that was separating us from God, so we can have a relationship with Him through Jesus’ blood. We know that our God is in control of everything and that “In all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
The peace that Jesus brings us manifests itself in the assurance we can have in God, that He is in control of the good and the bad, and that he works in all things for the spiritual benefit of his people.
Jesus Christ gives us peace now, peace tomorrow… AND peace everlasting! Thanks to King J, we not only don’t need to worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34), but He has eternity sorted too! At Christmas, in our nativities, we see Jesus come to earth as a helpless baby, but He will return again one day in victory: “…they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30). I think this particular gift of peace is definitely the best and most important gift at Christmas time, because this gift will last FOREVER!
So, this Christmas, when everything is getting hectic and crazy:
1. Take some time to thank God for his amazing gift of peace in Jesus
2. Enjoy your relationship of peace with the Father, won for you by the Son
3. Rest in, and celebrate the fact that Jesus is coming back to bring us to eternal peace with Him
Hey, I’m Immy and I’m studying Events Management at the University of Greenwich. I love being outdoors, going on walks, being with family, laughing, hugs, hanging out with my church family and reading God’s word!