by Tim O’Hare
Recent events in our city, nation, and world bring one aspect of the Christmas season into focus: Peace, and our desperate efforts to find it. Peace is hard to find when we become hyper focused on the problems that are causing the lack of peace all around us and neglect to remember the only One who can truly bring peace to our broken world.
That is what this season is all about. The birth of Jesus Christ — the One who came to give us peace. His birth was foretold in the Old Testament, and He is called none other than the Prince of Peace.
“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
When we take time to remember, reflect upon, and honor the One God sent to bring us peace, perspective can change. But it’s important to remember also that circumstances may not change. Lack of peace in our world is the direct result of the very sin and brokenness Christ came to redeem. Even Jesus never promised a life without trouble. But what he promised us is that when we trust in Him, he will give us peace amidst the pain, heartache, injustice, and brokenness in our world.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
If you want peace this Christmas, you must receive the free gift God gave us on Christmas so many years ago — grace, redemption, and salvation that only comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
No matter how cliché it may sound, Jesus is the answer to the utter lack of peace in our world. But each of us has a role to play in bringing peace back. We must remind those around us of the peace that comes through faith in Christ, and point others to Him.
This Christmas, take some time to remember the Prince of Peace whose birth we celebrate this season.
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!