Peace in a Manger

“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6

Today we observe the second Sunday in Advent and our focus for this week is Peace.  Peace is a very popular topic today.  Politicians and world leaders meet in an attempt to bring peace to conflicting nations.  The radio plays songs about peace, and great orators give inspiring messages calling for peace.  Yet there is so little peace.  The world is full of war, pitting nation against nation.  Neighbors battle one another, and even brothers and sisters, parents and children are at odds.

Can there really be true peace in this world? There can, and the One who can bring peace is the Prince of Peace – Jesus Christ.  Jesus came to bring peace, not the man-made peace the world seeks, but real peace, the only true peace.  The peace we desperately need, the peace that Jesus brings is peace with God.

The world seeks peace between men, between nations, but the true peace-breaker is our sin. In fact, sin causes us to be God’s enemy.  That is a harsh thought, but according to the Bible, it is the truth. But Jesus Christ came to bring peace between God and man.  Listen to Romans 5:8 – “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  God’s love for us is so great that He could not bear to be in conflict with us, so He paved the path to peace with the life of His Son, Jesus. Only when we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, will we know true peace.  “Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).

This is peace that starts in one man’s heart, and as it multiplies in other hearts, true peace begins to take hold.  This world is looking for peace, longing for peace, but we will not find peace at a conference or in songs and speeches.  Peace can only be found in a manger, wrapped in rough cloths and adored by sheep and cattle and all the angels of heaven.

Yahweh Shalom, the Lord of Peace –thank You for the peace that You sent to this world through the Baby in the manger.  Let your peace reign in my heart this Christmas season.  Amen.

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