Christmas brings a promise of peace. Hear the prophecy of Isaiah:
“The wolf will live with the lamb…
The infant will play near the hole of the cobra…
They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:6, 8-9, NIV)
At the birth, hear the words of the angels:
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace.” (Luke 2:14, NIV)
Peace is an absence of all conflict. But peace is not just an absence, it is a presence. Peace is harmony. Peace is complete well-being. It is wholeness and rightness. Peace is the reign of love.
Peace is Jesus.
He himself is our peace. (Ephesians 2:14, NIV)
He will be called…Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his…peace there will be no end. (Isaiah 9:6-7, NIV)
The fruit of His presence is peace (Galatians 5:22). He brings peace to relationships. He brings peace with God our Father. He brings peace in the midst of all the pressures and troubles of this world.
Do not be anxious about anything, but…present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV)
Trusting Jesus brings peace. Seeking Him alone brings peace. This Christmas, receive the peace of Jesus.