Answer these questions:
In what way has your life come into greater harmony with God since the last month?
How has the “God of Love and King of Peace” brought more hope and encouragement in your life?
We too listen to those words and long for peace on earth; peace in our time. Yet we look around the world and all we see after 2000 years of waiting is a continuation of war after war after war. So we ask ourselves “what’s happened to ’peace on earth?’” What was this peace that Jesus was supposed to be bringing?
Can those who are followers of Jesus Christ expect to find peace in their lives? Well on one level we’d have to answer no. Jesus said “Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!” The fact that we’ve decided to follow Jesus and others don’t want to have anything to do with him means that inevitably we’re going to encounter trouble in this world. Those who are opposed to Christ’s rule will be opposed to those who follow Christ.
Yet at the same time we’d want to say that Jesus also told his disciples: ” Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27) There is a peace which Christ brings that passes all understanding. It’s not the peace that would see an end to wars. That sort of peace has to wait until the end of the world. Nor is it the sort of transitory peace that we experience from time to time in this world. It’s a lasting peace that remains with us even when times are difficult. And it’s a real peace, a peace that will see our hearts being put at ease.
Jesus came to bring peace. Peace with God. Peace of mind. Peace which passes all understanding. Peace that comes from knowing that the God of the whole universe cares about me, cares about you. And the proof of that care is seen in that tiny baby lying in a feeding trough in a stable in Bethlehem all those years ago. God loved me so much that he gave up his only begotten Son so that, since I believe in him, I won’t perish, but will have eternal life. God loved you so much that he gave up his only begotten Son so that, if you believe in him, you too won’t perish, but will have eternal life. If God did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?