24 “It shall come to pass
That before they call, I will answer;
And while they are still speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
The lion shall eat straw like the ox,
And dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,”
Says the LORD.”
OBSERVATION: During this Christmas season we love to hear the traditional carols that speak of “Peace” on earth. We recall the Scriptures that speak of the birth of Jesus Christ – “And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:12-14 NKJV) Everyone longs for “Peace” – but it always seems to slip through our fingers. Nation rises against nation, there is mounting racial tension in our land, and the world continues to shake their fists at Jerusalem. Is “Peace” only something that we sing about, hope for, but will never really attain?
The Bible speaks of two types of “peace” for the believer. The first is the peace that comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. It is not dependent upon the outward circumstances we face in this life. It is the peace of God that He brings to our hearts through life in the Spirit. This peace is given to us freely from the Lord. Jesus said – “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:25-27 NKJV) This is an abiding peace that guides and sustains us through every trial and difficulty of life. It is the “peace that passes all human understanding”. It is the peace of the Lord Jesus ruling over the concerns and affairs of our lives. It is knowing – “If God is for us, then who can be against us!”
The second kind of peace is the promise of the future reign of the Lord Jesus Christ when He returns to set up His Millennial Kingdom and completes the full redemption of all creation. It is a peace that will be realized for 1000 years as the world lives in harmony around the reign of Messiah, and a peace that will last forever when He creates the New Heaven and New Earth. The key to this peace is the same as the other – Jesus! There is no peace without Jesus! He is the one who brings peace to the heart, and He is the only hope for peace in this world. Only Jesus can bring the lasting change in mankind that will bring lasting peace. Man tries to establish peace, and this is noble. Yet, without Jesus Christ it is an ongoing attempt at futility. Until men and women turn their hearts toward Jesus – there will be no peace in this world.
Lord, thank you for the “peace that passes all human understanding”! Thank you for the peace you give through Your Holy Spirit to guide and sustain me through life. May I be an agent of peace in this world and a messenger that shares the Gospel of Peace with all. May men and women turn their hearts toward You this Christmas Season and truly find the “Peace” that they are looking for. Bring many to salvation and come quickly Lord Jesus! In Jesus Name!