Advent 2018 - Peace

Peace is difficult to find in our world. The world around us is in constant conflict, whether physical, verbal, emotional, or spiritual, there are constant distractions and reasons to feel fear, or anger, or sadness, or a whole host of other emotions.

We don’t make it any better on ourselves. We fill our days and time so completely with busyness, work, entertainment, and relationships that we need planners and productivity tools to schedule it all out, caffeine and other stimulants to be able to get it done, and even then we go to bed late, get up early, and when we sleep it is fitful and fearful and hardly restful.

It would be easy to blame this on our culture. It would be easy to blame fear on people who prey on us, to blame distraction on marketing tactics, and to blame busyness on corporate expectations but we shy away from blaming ourselves. What do we really do to get out of the cycle? Do we really want to? How often do we run away from silence, from the stillness of our own thoughts and fears, and look to fill up each moment of every day so we don’t have to stop and think about how alone we often feel?

The truth of it is, just as Jeremiah 17:9 says, our hearts are deceitful and wicked, and God tells us in Isaiah 48:22 that there is no peace for the wicked.

So what are we to do? Where can we find peace?

There is hope for peace.

God promised that He would send us peace.

Isaiah 9:6-7 says:

For to us, a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[d] his shoulder,
and his name shall be called[e]
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,

Jesus was promised. One that would be called the Prince of Peace. He would bring an increase of peace that will have no end. 

And you know what?

He came.

He brought Peace.

He made peace by His own blood, shed on the cross.

So why don’t we feel that peace? Why are we still so caught up in fear, and busyness, and distraction?

Jesus himself gave us the answer in John 14.

Listen to the words of Jesus:

25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 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 hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.

Your heart doesn’t have to be troubled, it doesn’t have to be afraid. Jesus left us a Helper, the Holy Spirit, who brings to remembrance the peace of Christ. Remember. Remember the words of Christ and now…