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Who wants some PEACE?!


There are a ton of funny holiday jokes out there, and so I’ll just warn you, as most of them are for 3rd grade boys…well, you’ll  see.

 

  • · What did Adam say on the day before Christmas?
    It’s Christmas, Eve!
  • · What kind of Christmas tree comes from Hawaii?
    “O Tanning Palms”!
  • · What’s the favorite Christmas Carol of new parents?
    Silent Night!

and my favorite one…

  • · A Christmas thought:
    STRESSED is just DESSERTS spelled backward.


 

…he will be their peace.  Micah 5:5

 

What does the word ‘Peace’ mean to you?  When we hear it in Christmas songs, or read about it in Scripture, or hear it on the evening news, what does it mean?  Are there different definitions of Peace?  Or is there really only one, known and given by Christ?  The more and more I read, I like the one that Jesus talks about.

A song we’ve heard many times now on the radio, being the season, has the line “and peace on earth, goodwill toward man” taken from Luke 2:14.  The part of that specific verse that is left out of the popular song, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day is  “On whom His favor rests.”  These are the final words of the angel as he left the shepherds that night when Jesus was born.  So, the Peace that is on Earth is upon the ones who are in God’s favor.  Hmmmm, what does that mean?

In the sections of Scripture Steve is using this weekend, we will find reference to some of Christ’s background.  There is a woman in His ancestry by the name of Rahab.  She was a prostitute.  Yes, you read that right.  She had sin in her life.  Who doesn’t?  But when given the opportunity, she became a key figure to the success of God’s family Israel.  It was a decision of hers to walk out of her sin background and do something for God.  Did she know Him very well?  Probably not.  Did He know her well?  Yes.  And when it came time for her to do something on His behalf, she did it.  She is now listed in Hebrews in the section of Scripture often referred to as the Saints Hall of Fame.  My guess is that there is more to this story than we know…but we can assume that after her life was saved through her decision in favor of God, she got to know Him a lot more!  She became a bit more familiar with Peace.

We are all sinful.  We all make stupid, idiotic mistakes!  We all say things, think things, do things, listen to things, are a part of things that do not glorify God.  But yet God still offers us Peace that only He understands.  Yes, the Bible comes right out and says that we aren’t really going to ever understand true Peace.  If that’s the case, I’d like a double scoop please.  J  If it’s so good that only the creator of the Universe understands it, and He says it’s good for me, bring it.

The funny thing is that He offers it to us.  This thing that is Godlike is offered to sinners.  This thing that we can sometimes feel in our gut but can’t put words to is offered as a promise to people who ignore Him daily.  Why?  That sounds like crazy talk.

I think I’m getting closer to the true Peace…and it’s not about guns and flowers and the 1960’s.  It’s also not about a feeling or an emotion.  Peace is a place and a person.  His name is Jesus and the Bible says that we can live in Him…in this Peace.  Ok…yes, I know what I just typed but I can’t deliver a great definition of it…but I know it’s something I want.  Do you want to live in Peace…in Christ…In God’s ways and His plan for you?  If yes, then you want Peace.  That’s what I do understand.  And when you get glimpses of it, you will say, “Ohhhh, so this is Peace!”

Rahab must have figured out a bit of Peace or she wouldn’t have had pity on a couple Israelite guys that were planning to destroy her city.  She had a gut feeling that this decision she was making was going to bring her Peace…even though she was in the enemy camp and a prostitute to boot.  But God’s like that isn’t He?  He takes the worst of us and recreates us.  He places us inside of His Peace.

When we are there, we can do and think and speak and serve like we thought we never could.  Here’s a saying that a martyred missionary wrote recently:

The Missionary Heart:
Cares more than some think is wise
Risks more than some think is safe
Dreams more than some think is practical
Expects more than some think is possible.
~Karen Watson, (1973-2004) mission worker killed by terrorists in Iran

Can you see how this Karen Watson understood the place of Peace?  She gave everything for it…as Jesus said His best friends would…as He did for them.

Merry Christmas…Peace be with you (Micah 5:5),

Ed

 

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