- This Christmas, many of us are dealing with angst, which is robbing us of peace.
- God’s gift to us is peace
“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
I. Peace defined
- Shalom meant not only inner peace or spiritual peace; it meant wholeness and completeness throughout all creation.
- For the Jews, the hope of shalom was wrapped up in a person.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (9:6)
II. Who is this bearer of Shalom?
- Micah 4: He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
- The peace bringer will come quietly and to the unlikely (Micah 5:2)
- Bethlehem literally means “house of bread,” and it was a small, insignificant town.
III. Jesus is the peace giver (Mt 2:1-12)
- Bethlehem is identified by the teachers of the Law to the wisemen
- It was to shepherds that the angelic announcement is made:
Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
IV. Peace with God
- The source of peace doesn’t come from circumstances, but from the peace giver – Jesus Christ. It is having peace in your relationship with God.
- Peace comes by acknowledging God’s presence in our everyday lives
Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord. (Isaiah 2:5)
- Peace comes from practicing obedience