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Digging Deeper

The Gift of Christmas: Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace


Posted: 12/8/2013

What kind of peace does Jesus give us at Christmas?

1. PEACE with God is Spiritual PEACE.

Have you made your peace with God? One day each and every one of us is going to die, and when that day comes, we are going to stand before God and be judged by him. We will be held accountable for our lives here on earth. Living without God as the center of your life is living your life without God. The Bible tells us that by living without God means that our sins have separated us from God and on the Day of Judgment we will be separated from God for all eternity.

"Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1 TEV)

How do we make peace with God? We make peace with God by faith. God gives us forgiveness for free and we are to believe (trust) that he is giving it to us for free. The Bible says we have peace with God by faith, faith in God's grace. Grace is God's unconditional forgiveness.

"For by grace, you have been saved by faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8 ESV)

Once we make peace with God we get to enjoy a second kind of peace which is,

2. THE PEACE of God IS emotional PEACE.

The "peace of God" happens in our hearts once we "make" peace with God.

God's emotional peace is peace that we need on a daily basis. We are filled with love, peace, and hope once we receive God's peace. If we are to enjoying life with God's emotional peace we have to make a choice; that choice is whether to worry or not to worry.

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything." (Philippians 4:6 NLT)

Worry is simply "stewing without doing." We can worship or we can worry, it is our choice. Worry is only a waste of time.

How has worrying about something ever done you any good? "Pray about everything. Tell God what you

need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)

3. PEACE with others IS relational PEACE.

Once we make peace with God, and we live with the peace of God, we are then to be givers of peace.

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." (Matthew 5:9 KJV)

God tells us that once he has shown us grace, we are to show others grace as well. God forgives us and we are to forgive others.

The greatest need in our lives is reconciliation. It's the message of Christmas: "Peace on earth and good will towards men."

Christmas is a time when families come together and even though in most cases this is a blessing, there are times when these family gatherings can be a lot of conflict as well. When we hold grudges against those who have wronged us it is hard to forgive them. It feels impossible.

Who do you need to make amends to this Christmas? Who do you need to reconcile with?

So how do we let it all go and forgive and forget? By allowing the love of the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts.

As the love of Jesus Christ fills our hearts, it pushes out all the hurt, resentment, and bitterness....all that junk that was taking up space in our hearts out. We had no room in our hearts to love others as Jesus loves us because there was no room for his love.

God tells us that if we ask him to come into our lives he will give us peace. Peace with him, peace with others, and peace within ourselves. God will make us peacemakers, but not until we open the door of our hearts and receive our Christmas gift from him; Jesus. Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas.

Without him, the tree, the lights and garland, the presents...none of that means anything. Jesus is the reason for the season and if you have not opened his free gift of salvation, open it this Christmas and celebrate the true meaning of the season.

QUESTIONS:

  1. The angel said, "There has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11 NASB). Why did our Savior have to be born? Why couldn't he just miraculously appear to us as a grown man?
  2. We talked about three kinds of peace in this study; the peace with God; the peace of God; peace with others. What areas of your life do you need the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ this Christmas?
  3. God gives us the option either to pray or worry. Bible tells us "Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything" (Philippians 4:6 NLT). When was there a time in your life that you experienced the peace of God in a situation rather than worrying?
  4. A peacemaker is someone who builds others up rather than tearing them down. This Christmas, who is it that you need to forgive and make peace with? Psalm 68:6 says, "God sets the lonely in families." How has God used others such as family and friends to help you experience his love?
  5. Jesus is God's Christmas gift to us. Have you opened that gift, or have you left him under the tree? If you have received Christ as your Savior, what life events or persons helped you become a Christ-follower? If you are not a Christ-follower, what do you find intriguing about Jesus? What questions are you trying to answer about him?