Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord, Jesus Christ. - Romans 5:1
This week of Advent we celebrate the peace of Christ - past, present and future.
We remember the peaceful Bethlehem night when unbeknownst to the world at large the King of Glory was born in a stable.
We rejoice in the peace we have in knowing and being known by that same King, Jesus.
We look forward to the promise of eternal peace when Jesus returns, making all things new.
That paints a beautiful picture, doesn’t it? Does your Christmas look like that? Feel like that?
I know for most the Christmas season can be downright chaotic, and for others, it is anything but peaceful. In fact, for some, it is a constant reminder of something broken. Something painful. Something not right.
Did that lift your spirits?
Don’t get me wrong. I looooove Christmas! Lights, trees, singing, presents, food, family… all of it.
Advent, however, is something different. Advent reminds us that it’s more than just a day that we celebrate. It’s a season of remembrance. A prolonged opportunity to reflect on different aspects of the Gospel (Hope, Peace, Joy, Love - found in Jesus).
As we immerse ourselves in the goodness of God displayed in the coming King the chaos, the hurt and the pain are transcended by the peace we have in Jesus. The reality is this world is broken, but for the believer, Jesus has overcome the world.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33
Jesus has entered in to our brokenness, reconciled us to the Father and given us new life.
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.
So, even if Christmas makes you crazy, get’s your blood pressure up or sends you into a spiral of despair, would you consider Advent? Could you pause for a moment each week leading up to this holiday, and reflect on Jesus? Savor the Gospel. Be still. Experience peace.
This is Advent.