One of the themes of Advent is Peace. We promote Christmas as being a message of peace.
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors.
Of course, there is something unsettling about this. I don’t feel peace and there is probably a good reason for that. According to the New York Times, over the past 3,400 years, the world has only been at peace for 268 of them, or just 8 percent of recorded history. Matthew West recently wrote a song called “Truth Be Told”. The chorus goes like this: “I’m fine, yeah, I’m fine, oh, I’m fine, hey, I’m fine” But I’m not, I’m broken. And when it’s out of control I say it’s under control. But it’s not and You know it…”
It is a very honest song from the heart of how he is feeling:
“I say I’m fine, but I’m not. I’m broken. And when it’s out of control, I say it’s under control. But it’s not and You know it.”
There’s no peace. I’m sure a lot of us feel this way at times.
The key to lasting peace is knowing that peace is not the absence of conflict. Peace is not found in a place. We may have in mind a place that we could retreat to that is peaceful and serene, but it is not the key to lasting peace. Peace is not found in a position. We may believe that we will have peace when we attain a certain position in life – only to get there and find that it is not the key to lasting peace.
Romans 5:1 reads:
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Peace is not a place. Peace is not a position. Peace is not the absence of conflict. Peace is a person. When we are at peace with faith in Jesus Christ, there is lasting peace. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. Sorry. I couldn’t resist. I am praying that this Christmas, you will know peace.