Advent Week Two: Preparation (waiting or prophecy)

aisharebeccawritesDecember 6, 2020

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,  and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”

LUKE 2:14
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Unexpectedly for some, Jesus’ arrival on earth bought about peace. Jews, particularly the Zealots, wanted their saviour to bring about rebellion and overthrow Roman rule in their lands. However, Jesus represented all the opposites. After all his not called the “Prince of Peace” for nothing.

How does Jesus bring us peace?

Firstly, Jesus brings us inner peace. Through His death and resurrection on the cross, we have a chance to seek God and receive salvation, beginning a deeper connection with our Lord and be blessed by the Holy Spirit within us. The connection we have through the Holy Spirit dwelling within us is what grants us an inner peace (John 14:21). If we believe in our assurance of salvation, we should also have peace of mind in the knowledge that God will heal this broken world and will come again.

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

JOHN 14:21
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Secondly, we have (or should strive to have) peace with others. We put aside our differences (Galatians 3:28), especially with other believers, because we belong to the same family. We have the same purpose: to let others know about the peace of Christ.

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatian 3:28
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The Hebrew word for peace: Shalom, goes far beyond not fighting with others or peace as we know it. God given peace allows us to look at others through “heaven’s eyes” and helps guide the world to see God’s here on earth and not just in the kingdom. Peace from God, biblical peace, allows us to trust in God’s promises (Proverbs 3:5), despite this crazy sinful world we live in. We do this through having faith that surpasses our human understanding, by resting and having tranquillity.

Biblical Principles of Peace

But the Lord has strengthened Rezin’s foes against them

    and has spurred their enemies on.

ISAIAH 9:11 (NIV)

You cannot have the tranquillity that peace brings without God. God’s peace brings tranquillity to your heart and mind and offers light to those yet to know him. But the peace of God transcends our circumstances and world. With this, topsy turvy world, as followers of Christ, we can be rest assured that he will come and make everything a new, everything right again.

Biblical peace is also about the following:

The fullness of peace in our hearts on Christmas day, and every day, comes from the love of Jesus, who was and is and is to come again. Not only that, but he paid our sin debt. He loves us with a love that is unfathomable. Nothing can separate us from His love. He is good and his plans for us are good.

Can you readily say: “I am not afraid because I have the peace of Christ.”? What will you do to find peace this Christmas season? What are you seeking? Could it be that you finally realise people and things cannot satisfy you? Maybe you’ll finally find what your looking for in the love and peace of Jesus’?

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