Isaiah foretold of a child to be born who would bring peace.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6, ESV)
First and foremost Jesus brought peace between God and those who trust Him as their Savior.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1, ESV)
The peace the believer has with God through Christ ensures we will participate in the new creation. One day Christ will bring ultimate peace when the Heavens and Earth are remade.
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”” (Revelation 21:3–4, ESV)
But for the time being, we live in a world of conflict. There are strained relationships in our workplaces, our homes, and our churches. But because of the peace we have with God through Christ, we are to strive to have peace with others.
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (Romans 12:18, ESV)
As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, let us meditate on the peace we have with God through Christ and seek to be at peace with all people.
I encourage you this Christmas season to think about any relationships in your life that are strained and seek to reconcile them to peace as Christ brought reconciliation and peace between you and God.
“A harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” (James 3:18, ESV)
David Harris is the Senior Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. A former programmer, in his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and trying his hand at the illusive craft of smoking meat.