It was a frequently used term in the 60’s and 70’s, we use it politically for any anti war efforts, we ask our children for it paired with quiet, but do we really know what it is?
Merriam-Webster defines peace as:
1: a state of tranquility or quiet: such as
a : freedom from civil disturbance
b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom
2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive
thoughts or emotions
3: harmony in personal relations
4: a- a state or period of mutual concord
b- a pact or agreement to end hostilities
between those who have been at war or in
a state of enmity
5: used interjectionally to ask for silence or
calm or as a greeting or farewell
Oxford dictionary says:
1: Freedom from disturbance; tranquillity 2: Mental or emotional calm.
3: A state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended.
When the Bible says Jesus is our peace, what does that mean and what does that look like?
Silent Night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright?Doesn’t feel like it.
Amidst sirens, bickering children, people honking at each other, cell phones dinging, news of natural disasters blaring in the background, allegations of numerous counts of misconduct across the nation, arguing of political stances, I’m overwhelmed.
I’m overloaded and over stimulated. I’m overly tired, and over taxed in my daily duties. Like you, im just trying to get by and make through the day.
How can I, how can we, find peace in today’s culture? The kind that endures all these things?
No eye had seen and no ear had heard. Angels on high proclaimed His birth.
It happened quietly, with no audience, the one and only son of the Most High came down without fanfare, without a palace, without a title to begin His earthly destiny from the cradle to the cross.
The world in solemn stillness lay, unsuspecting of His coming, most unaware of His presence or purpose. But He came that evening. Perfect peace.
His blood would ultimately be the source of our peace, as He freely let it spill to cover our sin.
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
‘Sweet little Jesus boy, they made you be born in a manger. Sweet little Holy child, we didn’t know who you was. Didn’t know you came to save us Lord, to take our sins away…
Mine Eyes was blind, we couldn’t see…
We didn’t know who you was.’
Robert MacGimsey 1934
We really didn’t know who He was or why He came or what He would do. Lamb of God, Son of man, Emmanuel- God with us.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
God WITH us,
and God with US.
To bring peace, the kind that covers and endures.
The kind that only God can give or bring or be. Peace. Emotional calm, freedom from oppression, free from sin, free from fighting, free from civil disturbances, free from unrest. Calm hearts, calm minds, calm interactions and relationships. Security and order, rest and agreement, end of hostilities.
Emmanuel. God among us, to bring and be salvation. The only everlasting peace. That peace is ours when we trust in the Lord Jesus.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This why He came: to be our hope, our peace, our salvation.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
As we go through this second week of advent, let us be thankful and mindful of the peace that endures, because of the blood of Jesus.
Lord thank you for your hope, your mercy, doe coming to bring salvation so we could be reconciled to God, through Your blood on the cross.
Kyrie Eleison, ‘Lord have Mercy on us’