The Christmas message of peace
Chaplain Bertram Bobb
May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2013.
During this season as we think and sing about the Christmas message, “Peace on Earth,” many are frustrated and unsure of the American way of life and ask, “Where can we find this Peace?”
Peace for the world will be found only in the Christ of Christmas. The prophet Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 9:6: “…his name shall be called…The Prince of Peace.” And in the same verse in Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah wrote: “…and the government shall be upon his shoulder.”
The Bible begins with: “In the beginning…” in Genesis 1:1 and the Gospel of John 1:1 begins: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jesus Christ was the Word and the Word became flesh. (John 1:14) The Lord Jesus Christ was marked from the beginning of time to reign. On the first Christmas Jesus came as the Savior, born of Virgin Mary in Bethlehem. When He comes again, He will come as the Sovereign. Sovereign means that whatever He says or does is final. He answers to no one.
The Lord Jesus Christ came to die on the cross for our sins. He brought us back with His precious blood. He went to heaven and today He sits at the right hand of God the Father and He is coming back.
Once He came in lowliness, soon He will come in glory.
The matter of who shall rule has been the cause of all our conflicts down through the ages.
Who shall rule in heaven?
Who shall rule in earth?
Who shall rule in the hearts of men?
Two of these questions have already been answered. God is ruling in Heaven now. Jesus said in Matthew 6:9: “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”
God’s will is done in heaven. This is settled. God rules in heaven. And God shall rule on the earth. He has given to us His son the right to rule on the earth when He comes the second time. The scriptures declare in Isaiah 2:3-4: “…for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into the plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
But peace is not due until the Prince of Peace comes. What are we doing today? We are doing right the opposite – we prepare for wars. At that time we shall beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks. We will prepare for peace, because the Prince of Peace will be here and ruling with a rod of iron.
Jesus Christ is not only appointed to reign on earth but He is also appointed to reign in the hearts of men. Christ did not come to take away our joy, to work hardship upon us or to make us slaves of fear and men whose hearts are full of misery. He came that he might reign in our hearts and reign there in peace.
Jesus said: “…that in me ye might have peace.” (John 16:32). And this is why He came, this is why he wants to rule in our hearts. Not just to rule so that He might be the sovereign and make us do His will, but to rule in our hearts to give us peace, to make us joyful, happy people.
Paul wrote in Romans 5:1: “…being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 26:3: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Let us not make the mistake of trying to find peace somewhere else. We will never find peace until, by trusting in the Prince of Peace, we allow Him to reign in our hearts. This is God’s remedy for all the problems of the heart. Nothing else and no one else can bring peace into the human heart.
Again the Prophet Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 57:20-21: “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, those waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”
Peace was the promise of the angels at Christ’s birth. As the Prince of Peace He came to bring men peace with God, and the daily experience of peace of heart. Only those who accept Christ as their Savior find peace with God and it is neccessary to commit our life to Jesus Christ as the ruler of our lives in order to experience daily peace of heart.
When you come to Christ, the Holy Spirit will give you the joy and peace in the midst of your trials and troubles. You can start now, by being willing to give up your sins and by receiving Christ in simple, childlike faith.
The joyful news is that Jesus saves. “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…” (1 Timothy 1:15).
May God bless you in a very special way today is my prayer. Pray for America and for our leaders. Pray for our brave men and women in our armed services.