In Luke 2:14, the angels sing, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” The phrase “Peace on earth” is something you see everywhere at Christmastime. But many of us wonder where that peace is.
Whether we’re searching for peace in the chaos of our own lives or hoping for political peace in our nation and world, this idea of “peace on earth” seems impossible. And, if we’re hoping for a world void of conflict, it is.
This is not the kind of peace that the angels were referring to when they made this declaration in Luke 2. They were talking about a peace that can be found in the midst of conflict, a peace that can only be found in Jesus Himself.
Jesus came to restore our broken relationship with the Father so that we could experience peace with God. That’s what Christmas is all about. This is the peace that Jesus brings: the reality that we can experience righteousness through Him.
Often times the greatest conflict we struggle with is the sin and failures of our own lives. But Jesus came so that we could be cleansed of all unrighteousness. And we’re able to experience a new kind of peace when we discover this truth, a peace that passes all understanding.
Have you experienced this kind of peace? Have you allowed anything to come between you and the Lord? Jesus wants you to experience His peace this Christmas. If there is something that is keeping you from experiencing peace, my encouragement is for you to seek the Lord and to give those things to Him. Let Him be your Peace!