A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
Christmas carols and hymns highlight peace and joy while the news headlines of today tell a different story. Leading stories have included the assassination of a Russian ambassador, protests in the Congo, and Germany’s deadliest terror attack in decades. Now, more than ever, we need a peace that is real. But, does it exist and, if so, where can it be found?
Writing 700 years before the birth of Christ, the prophet Isaiah tells of one who is the source of all peace and will usher in unprecedented peace and comfort, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” This peace that Isaiah proclaimed was a peace found first between God and man. The death of Jesus Christ paid the debt for our sin which satisfied the wrath of God. When we acknowledge Jesus as our Lord and Savior we not only have peace with God, but we also receive the peace of God. The peace of God is the inward reality of knowing that we belong to Him, that our security is founded upon Him, and that we live to serve Him!
Although the news headlines around the world gives us little reason to rejoice, as Christians we can be full of joy because we have a personal relationship with God Himself who is the “…Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Merry Christmas to all who know Jesus and experience His perfect peace!