This is the last sunday of Advent and the focus is on the gift of peace. Picture for a moment the manger scene. A young mother holding her tiny baby wrapped in swaddling clothes. She knows not what the future holds for her precious child, yet she knows that God is with her. Wise men have traveled from afar to worship the child bring expensive gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The gifts symbolize kingship, priesthood, and burial; all tidings of the future of this child.
Shepherds gather in awe at the star in the Bethlehem sky and wonder what magnificent event could be happening. Amidst the clamor and hustle and bustle of the citizens rushing to their hometown for the census, and fears of the Roman rule under the evil King Herod, Jesus brings peace to a manger in the small town of Bethlehem.
So too, amidst the clamor and hustle and bustle of the Christmas rush, the ups and downs of the stock market, and the uncertainty of the times, Jesus still brings peace to us. He promised to give us peace. “Peace I leave unto you, my peace I give to you, not as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled neither be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Look not to the things of this world for peace, for true peace can only come from above. This Christmas, will you trust in Jesus and receive His precious gift of peace?