Including today, there are only 15 more shopping days until Christmas. If you shop on-line there are even less if you want the item before the 25th. Not only are many people frantic about gifts there are countless people trying to get “things” done before the holidays and the end of the year. For some it may be baking dozens of cookies for family and friends. For others it will be finalizing the yearend report or completing the project. And some will be desperately seeking employment or desperately seeking answers to a life crisis or facing the uncertainty of days ahead without hope. Even for churches this time of year is one of the busiest. GateWay is no exception. I wonder when did this happen to us; how did we let this come about.
Pastor Ed read to us verses from Isaiah chapter 9 this past weekend. Verses 6 and 7 state:
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.
We learn Jesus is the Prince of Peace and there will be no end to peace yet here we are living in our frenetic society. I have seen this slogan often – No Jesus No Peace; Know Jesus Know Peace. It is logical to Christ-followers in a world that ignores and dismisses the Creator of the Universe we would suffer the consequences of poor or uninformed decision making, the lack of power to do what is right and best, constantly seeking the fountain of youth but emotionally dying daily and ultimately living without inner peace. The simple answer is to Know Jesus.
But before we cast blanket judgment let us examine the log in our own eyes. As American Christ-followers how are we doing in this Christmas season? What is our own state of peace of mind? Are we the same as many Americans frantically trying to get everything done before the 25th? Are we absorbed in making this “the most wonderful time of year” even if it kills us? In the midst of all the activity I ask myself where is Jesus. I must admit in many situations or times when I am “planning” what needs to be done there is No Jesus therefore No Peace. And when there is No Jesus and No Peace not only do I suffer, many around me suffer. God never intended us to live this way.
This holiday season and throughout the seasons of life let us remember to Know Jesus is to Know Peace. Let our lives find rest and reflect that the government of our lives rest on His shoulders. And as living witnesses may a society living with No Jesus and No Peace, may come to Know Jesus and thus Know Peace.