Devotional

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”). — Matthew 1:22-23

It’s Christmas and there always seems to be something magical in the air. Most of us wake up early with anticipation of a great day. We are excited for the gifts that we will give and receive. We are excited for the people we will see and the time we will spend together.

As we celebrate the arrival of Jesus the Messiah, let us take a moment to remember that He is our true source of peace. The prophet Isaiah, years before Jesus’ birth, called Him “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) My prayer is that you have experienced His peace in a new and profound way.

In spite of the hurricane or other trials in your life, Christ has been born, and His peace is available to you today. In the last several weeks, we have learned that “in Jesus” we can have: peace in the valley, peace in the wilderness and peace in storms.

That first Christmas, peace came in the form of a baby. Can you believe it? The Bible says in John 1:1, that “in the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The Word (that’s God) became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.  When Jesus “moved into the neighborhood, He became fully accessible to us all. That means that the little baby born into a manger was the embodiment of God Himself, rushing into our human existence to save us from our sins. 

Jesus told his disciples just before going to the cross, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27) Thus, we can live our lives today with the kind of peace that “transcends all understanding.” Phil 4:7 (NTake a moment during your Christmas meal or other Christmas activities to reflect on those moments in your life when you’ve experienced His peace. And in those times of storms and trials in your life, remember that Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you define “peace” in your life? 
  2. What can we do this week to be at peace?