Do you want peace? If you’re like every other human, you’re searching for peace! We want peace of heart, peace in our family, and peace in our world. But peace is the most elusive human achievement! For many, peace is the target that keeps moving. Just when you think you have a grip on it, it slips further away—it’s elusive! So what is true peace and where can it be found?
History is replete with examples of people seeking to achieve peace, whether it be by military force or diplomacy—by protest or philanthropy. And yet the world is no more peaceful than it was since the beginning of time. What does that tell us? John Lennon sang about “peace” in his classic song Imagine. In his utopian world, everyone lives in unhurried harmony. As it goes: “Imagine there’s no heaven. It’s easy if you try. No hell below us. Above us only sky. Imagine all the people living for today.” That’s the problem, is it not? Imagining peace without God is just in our imagination! The truth is that God’s rule over the world is our only hope for peace. We can’t have peace while also fighting the God of peace.
This Sunday, in Luke 2:8-14, we’re going to discover what true peace is. You see, God sent Jesus into the world not to bring peace, but to be our peace. In other words, Jesus is not just an ambassador of peace, He is peace itself! According to God, peace is Jesus and Jesus is peace. When we let Him rule over us, we have peace, and when we resist Him, war ensues. Are we willing to let the Prince of Peace lead, rule, and take over our lives? That’s the sure way to have peace!