Prince of Peace…
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7 NIV).
The baby that lays sleeping in a manger, the man who flips tables in the synagogue, the Savior who hangs bloodied and beaten on the cross, this is the LORD who we are celebrating.
Think about it like this:
Mary, a 13-year-old girl, is confronted by an angel of the LORD and informed that she’ll be giving birth to Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of mankind. By the grace of God and the obedience of her betrothed, she has narrowly avoided being stoned for adultery when her pregnancy became public. The very best case scenario would have been for Joseph to divorce her quietly as he initially planned to, but the force of God’s compassion overcomes the resolves of men to accomplish His greater purpose and Joseph obeys and takes Mary as his wife. After a grueling 90 mile trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem with a very pregnant Mary, they were denied room at the inn and had to huddle in a cave surrounded by cattle as she gave birth to her firstborn, and in that moment the Prince of Peace entered into the world, having taken upon Himself the form of a baby.
This is how Christ enters into our fallen world, in a turbulent situation full of chaos. Why? Why would He do that when He could have orchestrated any arrival he wanted?
Because that’s the way of the world. Chaos surrounds us and our only source of peace is Christ.
That’s it. There is no amount of love, work, weekly planners, or horse tranquilizers that can bring peace in this life, only Christ brings pure internal peace that lasts even though externally a hurricane may be raging.
So this week, meditate on the fact that this month isn’t about gifts, cookies, or even family. Those are all good things, but what we really celebrate this month is the Prince of Peace’s birth into this world, His coming return, and the peace that surpasses understanding that He offers us through Him.