Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” –Luke 2:13-14
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. –Colossians 1:19-20
I don’t think it’s insignificant that Jesus was born during the time of Pax Romana, a time of supposed peace in Rome’s history. It was not a true peace, but a forced obedience brought on by military rule and a strong oppressive hand.
Christ came to bring peace not through shedding the blood of others, but by sacrificing Himself. He doesn’t force reconciliation, He offers it, humbly and boldly, out of His love for us.
When Christ was born, the heavens ripped open as the heavenly host declared peace with their song. The separation between God and man was ending. Through Christ it would be possible to have a peace we had never before experienced.
Christmas is only a little more than a week away, which means I likely spend the week getting anxious about ridiculous things. There are plenty of times I do not have the peace as a daily reality in my life.
God’s peace is something I know, but also something I struggle to feel. Sometimes it feels abstract. Distant. Yet I know, somewhere deep in my soul, that my life is completely different than it would have been without Christ.
God has reached down with His Son to bring me to Him. This love incarnate is the most important peace I could have. We are no longer exiled. We have peace with God.
End of Exile – Evan Wickham
“When Christ to heal our broken hearts Brought righteousness and peace”
Noticing Immanuel: a series for Advent. Each day starts with noticing: a picture of an everyday Christmas moment. That picture leads to a verse, a meditation, a prayer, and a song. My hope is that when we see those Christmas moments a second time, they will strike us differently. That we might feel the presence of Immanuel this Christmas season, whether we are sitting in quiet or moving in chaos.