PEACE.

It’s a word we hear a lot around Christmastime, and it’s an experience we desperately need around Christmastime! If we let it, the chaos of the holiday season will strip the “merry” right out of Christmas. Thankfully, Jesus is our peace.

Over 700 years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah foretold the birth of the Messiah saying that He would be called “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 6:9). Sure enough, a few centuries later, as the angels announced His birth to some nearby shepherds, their message was one of joy and peace (Luke 2:10, 14). In one of Jesus’ final interactions with His disciples as He prepared them for His death, He told them, “My peace I leave with you…” (John 14:27). He was put to death, then miraculous resurrected, and His first two appearances to His disciples started with, “Peace be with you…” (John 20:21, 26). 

Jesus’ presence brings peace. There were many words that describe Him, but “peace” is one of the best. There were many ways Jesus could have greeted the disciples as they were locked in the upper room after His death. However, Jesus knew their biggest issue was anxiety and fear, so He met that need with His presence. 

If Jesus’ presence brings peace and He is always present, then when you are not experiencing peace, whose fault is it? An absence of peace in our lives is not due to the absence of His presence; it’s due to our own distractions and indulgences in the chaos of the world around us.

So when you start to feel overwhelmed, hit pause and spend some time with the Prince of Peace. You’ll be glad you did.