Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us at the next Sunday worship service:
In-Person
9:00am & 10:45am,
Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

THE Gift OF PEACE

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” –  John 14:27. “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.

These scriptures are a reminder that true peace isn’t an arbitrary emotion that comes and goes based on circumstances. It’s not an intangible concept. It’s not just a feeling. Peace comes from a person because peace is a person. Peace is Jesus. He is the Prince of Peace. To be a prince means He is ruler and steward. He is the Ruler over peace, and He is the Steward of peace. That is good news for all mankind because where He rules, peace reigns.

Christmas reminds us that Jesus is our Prince of Peace. While there is much that is good in our world, the sad reality is that we sometimes experience adverse circumstances, whatever they may be. In those times, it is hard to find authentic peace. We are looking and longing for peace in our lives, just as those in the Christmas story were. The shepherds, the wise men, all oppressed under Roman rule, even Joseph and Mary, were all seeking peace as they awaited the coming of their prophesied Messiah, and indeed, He came.

The Prince of Peace made His entrance not as a dominating king but as an innocent baby. Jesus humbled himself to dwell among us to rescue the broken, the outcast, the unclean, the unholy, the defeated, the weary, and all those desperately searching for a Savior who could give salvation and peace.  Regardless of our circumstances, we can experience a peace that surpasses logical understanding because of the promise of Jesus’ presence with us. Jesus promised His presence to us in the meaning; in reality, He was “God with us.” This promise fills us with encouragement as His presence helps us overcome all the things that try to overwhelm us. The words of our Savior echo even today, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33)

When you allow God to rule over our troubled hearts, when we allow Him to rule over our fears, when we give Him our troubles, He will provide us with His peace in exchange. During this Christmas season, remember that He alone is the Prince of Peace—and where He reigns, peace rules.

If you are afraid for the future and are concerned about finances, employment, ongoing illness, or something else out of your control, surrender your cares to Him because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Ask Him to be your Prince of Peace. He will give you peace in your troubles.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Does peace with God through Jesus Christ sound too easy? Is it difficult for you to believe that peace with God is possible? Why or why not?
  2. Before more peace can be produced in our lives, we have to make peace with God. Is something currently in the way of your peace with God?

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