There are many verses we like to cling to and use during the Christmas season. When we talk about the Advent we mention some of the characteristics of Christ that we witness. One of those is the PEACE that is given through Christ.
One of the verses I want to share with you all is found in John 14. It isn’t a typical verse that we’d use to tell the Christmas story, but it does relate well to the peace that we see when we think of Jesus. In this chapter, Jesus is finalizing His time on earth by giving some important instruction to His disciples. Jesus says in verse 27, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.” As Jesus prepares to leave His disciples physically, He wants to assure them that what is ahead with the coming Holy Spirit is preparing a time of peace with God unlike any that had been offered. The indwelling Holy Spirit would be able to bring a peace that can endure. This isn’t just peace for a moment, but peace with God is something that lasts a lifetime.
I love how Jesus described what He brings as something that is different from what the world has to offer. The reality is that anything physically we find peace in that the world offers can be taken from us at any moment. Bank accounts once full can become empty, health can be great one minute and take a turn the next, death can rob us of relationships that we cherish, anything that we find peace in apart from God in this world is very temporary.
I’m not sure what circumstances could change that may rattle the peace and comfort you enjoy, but if your ultimate peace is found within a relationship with Christ, there’s nothing that can take that away.
Posted on Thu, December 20, 2018
by Kim Hayes