Advent Peace

Two more sleeps until Christmas!

Rom 10:15 … As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things!”

This, the last week of Advent, is to remind us of the gift of peace.

Psa 29:11  Jehovah will give strength to His people; Jehovah will bless His people with peace.

The Hebrew word for ‘peace’ is ‘shalom’ (I love the sound of it) and it means “safe, well, happy, friendly, welfare, health, prosperity and peace”. That’s a whole lot of good stuff packed into one word; it’s like a super, mega-multivitamin! ( and you don’t have to choke trying to swallow it down).

In the O.T., God made a covenant of peace with the nation of Israel:

Eze 37:25,26  And they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, the land in which your fathers have lived. And they shall dwell in it, even they and their sons, and the sons of their sons for ever. And My servant David shall be their ruler forever.   And I will cut a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them, and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever.

(Note: a “covenant” is a contract. A contract only works when all the parties involved keep the terms of the contract. God was willing to keep His side of the contract, unfortunately, the nation of Israel broke the contract time after time. But that is a lesson for another blog)

In Isa. 54:10  peace is mentioned as being part of the inheritance of the nation of Israel.

Isa 54:17  …This is the inheritance of the servants of Jehovah, and their righteousness is from Me, says Jehovah.

God made a covenant with Israel, but in His foreknowledge, God knew that Israel would continue to break that covenant and that humankind needed  more help, so He gave prophecies regarding the coming of One who would bring into being a better covenant (including a better peace):

Isa 9:6  For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be on His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

The Gospel of Luke tells us how that prophecy was fulfilled:

Luk 2:8  And in the same country there were shepherds living in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Luk 2:9  And lo, the angel of the Lord came on them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them. And they were grievously afraid.
Luk 2:10  And the angel said to them, Do not fear. For behold, I give to you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Luk 2:11  For to you is born today, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Luk 2:12  And this is a sign to you. You will find the babe wrapped, lying in a manger.
Luk 2:13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
Luk 2:14  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

That baby, Christ the Lord, who would grow into the man, Jesus, told us in the scriptures that he came to give us peace:

Joh 14:27  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Jesus wants us to live in that peace:

Joh 16:33  I have spoken these things to you so that you might have peace in Me. In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.

Despite any difficult circumstances that we may be going through, Jesus wants us to know that we can live in peace because he has “overcome the world”! And if we are believers in Jesus, he lives in us and we are one with him, therefore we can “overcome the world” too!

More importantly, Jesus came so that we may be in peace with God:

Rom 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Living in peace is part of living in the kingdom of God:

Rom 14:17  for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

This Christmas season, remember the angel’s message to the shepherds:

Luk 2:10  And the angel said to them, Do not fear. For behold, I give to you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Luk 2:11  For to you is born today, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

JESUS, THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

Rom 15:13  And may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

2Pe 1:2  Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, …

SHALOM

 

 

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