Peace…the elusive desire that we all have.
We long for peace within, peace in our world, and…for those who are believers…peace with God.
Yet, it seems ever-elusive.
At times, we sense it getting close, only to find it slip away.
Like a mist, it vanishes into the air. Like a liquid, it slips through our hands. The harder we try to hang on to it and keep it within our grip, the more likely it is that we squeeze it between our fingers.
People try to ‘manufacture’ peace.
Some tell themselves that inner peace can come from meditation or ‘centering’ themselves. Others try to control everything they can, plan for every circumstance, and then rest peacefully, hoping they’ve thought of everything.
Yet, personal peace remains elusive.
Interpersonally, we try to ‘compromise’ our way to peace. I’ll give a little and you give a little, and in so doing, we can reach a place of ‘equilibrium’. It’s not really ‘peace’ per se, but it’s as close as we can consistently hope to get.
Politically, world leaders try to ‘ negotiate’ for peace…we hope that IF rivals would lay their weapons and agenda’s down, and seek a ‘fair’ and ‘balanced’ solution, that it will come. Some try new strategies, others try new leadership…all in pursuit of peace.
Yet, for all the money and time spent on those negotiations, ‘peace’ continues to be elusive. Wars, rioting and unrest continue.
Against all this, we have the Christmas story, where God intervenes in human history by sending his Son, Jesus…that baby…in a manger. He was announced by the angels when they said. “Behold, I bring you Good News of great joy, which is for all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior who is Christ, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
In announcing this birth, the Angels said “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to those on whom His favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)
Jesus was–and is–the ‘ambassador’ of peace.
Peace with God.
Peace with others.
Peace in the world.
“For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us… Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.
He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.” (Ephesians 2:14-18)
HE–Jesus–is THE means of Peace with God.
HE–Jesus–is THE means to peace within.
HE–Jesus–is THE best, most consistent way to peace with others, and
HE–Jesus–will be THE only way to real peace in this world. He will establish it in His own perfect timing, but it will not be because men–no matter how well intentioned–decide to pursue peace.
Only in and through Jesus will real ‘peace’ be found. Not politics, not negotiation, not contracts, not mediation, not intimidation, not legislation…
Jesus. THE Prince of Peace.
HE is the means, Period.
…and that’s why the promise of Peace is so important…because it only comes by embracing the ‘Christ child’ and giving our lives, our future, our relationships, our causes–everything–to Him.
That ‘good news of great joy to all people’ is for you…and me.
Receive His peace today, and give Him the praise He deserves…at Christmas, and always!