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.