Continuing our Advent series, Christmas LIGHTS, Pastor Chris talks on the light of Peace. Mary and Joseph the special chosen couple to bring Jesus into this world had quite the journey. It is so easy to just read the Christmas story in Matthew and Luke and miss what was really going on. Lots of crazy twists and turn to what they were thinking would be a pretty mundane engagement and wedding. God had other plans.
But even in the midst of Mary becoming pregnant. Jospeh contemplating divorce. And the wedding that was not going to plan, God brings the world’s Savior to earth. The almost married couple were in need of some peace when the angels visited them separately.
The dream Jospeh had with the angel visiting him was absolutely amazing. Even in the midst of what seemed like the worst news from Mary, God delivered peace. Because God’s peace is greater than our circumstances. There is nothing that you are facing right now that God does not know about and that His peace is not greater. Psalm 29:11 reminds us, “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”
Peace not only is greater than our circumstances but it also transforms us. Jospeh knowing what was going to happen, knowing that God had a plan, knowing that God was going to be with him and Mary every step of the way brought them peace. Philippians 4:7 says, “Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.” Do we grab hold of God’s peace in our life to the point that we let it transform us? Not just something that we carry around with us. But something that changes us on the inside?
The Peace of God is also something for us every single day. Not just at this time of the season during Christmas. The life of Mary and Joseph and their remaining engagement and first years of being married were crazy. I cannot even begin to imagine what they must have gone through. From marriage controversy, fathering someone else’s child, to a pregnant wedding and then into fleeing to Egypt for their life, it was a roller-coaster! But the peace of God never left. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 tell us, “May the Lord Himself, who is our source of peace, give you peace at all times and in every way.”
Grab hold of the light of Peace this Christmas season. Let it shine in your life and shine for others too.
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