December 2001 Update

At Christmas time many cards are sent with messages of peace. What is peace? Webster defines peace as “an undisturbed state of mind absence of mental conflict”. What does that mean and how does one get it?

No matter where we look peace seems to be in very short supply. Our courts overflow with people caught up in conflicts. Even before 9-11 headlines were telling of some new potential crisis that threatens to plunge the whole world in chaos. Now we have the threat of biological warfare and are told new terrorists attacks are probable. Will we ever feel safe again? Millions are seeking frantically for something — anything — that will give them peace of mind and heart in the midst of it all. So how does one find peace?

Centuries ago when Jesus was born, angels spoke to a small band of Jewish shepherds saying, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14) But are these words really true? Can God’s peace become a reality in our lives and in our world? Or was the promise of the angels just a hollow, empty hope, unrealistic for life as it really is?

Even before Jesus was born it was prophesied in Isaiah 9:6 “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, Prince of Peace.”

You’re probably saying Prince of Peace…the world is in a mess, there is no peace. What’s that got to do with us today?

Before Jesus was crucified on the cross, He told His disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you I do not give it to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” What’s that all about? What kind of peace is He talking about.

Peace is possible — possible not because men have discovered some new scheme or formula for instant peace, but because God’s Son has come into the world. It is possible because that same Son who entered the world on that first Christmas wants to enter our lives today.

The miracle of Christmas is that we can be a peace with God. We can come into a personal relationship with Him and be restored and renewed. God’s peace is real and it becomes a reality whenever men and women turn to Christ and follow Him as Lord.

In the midst of tragedies, trials and difficulties of life we can know the peace of God, “which passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). There is a wonderful promise in the Bible we can cling to in this unstable world, Jesus says, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” That’s from our Prince of Peace whose word can be trusted.

Our prayer is that you and yours will experience in some new way the Magic of the Season, the Light of the World, our very Reason for living—the Prince of Peace.

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