Peace on earth…?
You probably hear these words many times each Christmas. It’s in our Christmas carols: ‘Peace on earth and mercy mild.’ It’s on our Christmas cards. And it’s all because 2,000 years ago the angels announcing the birth of Jesus sang, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests’ (Luke’s Gospel ch. 2 vs. 14).
But do we see much peace on earth? Wars rage around the world. Terrorists have struck many countries this year, including our own. Violent crime is on the rise. Families struggle and many people’s lives seem to fall apart.
So isn’t ‘Peace on earth’ just a cruel joke? Not if you know that Jesus came to bring us…
Peace with God
This is the most important peace of all. We have all broken God’s good and wise commands. Our sin against him has actually made us his enemies. We rightly face his judgment and anger. But out of his great love, God freely chose to send his Son Jesus into the world. At Christmas we celebrate this amazing fact of history – the Son of God became a Man, so that he could live in our world, and take upon himself the punishment for our sins when he died on the cross. Before Jesus was born, Joseph was told that Mary ‘will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins’ (Matthew’s Gospel ch. 1 vs. 21).
Instead of being separated from God by your sin, you can be brought into God’s family – loved, welcomed, and forgiven. You can find this true peace with God through trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ – the ‘Prince of Peace’ (Isaiah ch. 9 vs. 6).
Peace in your life
Knowing Jesus won’t solve every problem in your life, but he will bring you a deep and lasting peace. Your conscience can be at peace, because Jesus died to take the guilt of our sins – to wash it all away. This is wonderfully liberating.
You can know his peace in your heart – even in the middle of the greatest troubles. This peace comes from knowing God as your Father; knowing that he is loving, wise, and powerful. You can take all your cares and sorrows to him, then ‘the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians ch. 4 vs. 7).
This world is not a peaceful place. But through the Lord Jesus Christ you can know the greatest peace: peace with God your Father, and the peace of his love and care in your life – today and forever.
Please get in touch today to find out more, or why not come along? You are most welcome to come to our Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 17th December at 5:00pm, our Christmas Eve Services at 10:45am & 4:00pm, our Christmas Day Service at 10:00am – or any of our regular Sunday services. See What’s On for full details.