It’s one of those words you hear often during the holiday season: Peace.
But what does it really mean?
What is peace all about in a world ravaged by violence and suffering?
What does peace mean in the midst of the never-ending, restless rat race?
How do you find peace when you’re surrounded by struggle and strife?
The answer to that question may be found in an unexpected place… and since we’re still in the Christmas season, I want to share a Christmas story with you.
The second chapter of Luke, one of the books in the Bible, tells the story of a multitude of angels appearing to a group of shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus – the saviour of all. Here’s the gist of it (Luke 2:11-14):
“Today in the City of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord! And this will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there appeared with the angel a great multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying:
‘Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men
on whom His favor rests!’”
See what happened there? Do you see how the story links the birth of Jesus, the saviour, to the idea of “peace to men”?
That idea – the idea that real peace comes through Jesus to those who put their trust in him – is echoed in many other parts of the Bible. Another passage, part of a letter included in the Bible (Philippians 4:7), talks about the “peace of God, which transcends all understanding”, which becomes ours when we give our lives to Jesus.
If you want real peace, the Bible is clear: it is found in relationship with Jesus – the one who came to restore our relationship with God.
I’m here to say that real peace – lasting peace – comes when you surrender your whole life to Jesus.
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