The Peace That Christmas Promises

Ken Corr

When We Can’t Find Peace

One of the themes of Advent is peace. The reality is that we are not living in peaceful times. Anxiety is a growing mental health issue. Our world seems more divided than ever. As a result, we are seeing increases in domestic violence, road rage incidents, mass shootings, and threats of all other kinds.

Are we to live for these few weeks of Advent in denial, pretending that Jesus brings peace? Where is the peace that Christmas promises?

The Perspective of Peace

Just before His arrest and crucifixion, Jesus made this announcement to His disciples in John 16:33: “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” Jesus clearly recognizes that we live in a troubled world. In fact, He was about to face an unjust conviction for political crimes.

Our faith does not remove us from the trouble that surrounds us. But our faith does give us a different perspective. Because of the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, we can find peace in the midst of trouble. Take heart! He has overcome the world for us.

Glad Tidings We Bring

Epictetus, the Greek philosopher, once noted, “Ruin or recovery are from within.” In other words, it is the meaning that we give to our life events that determines how we will respond. Advent reminds us that regardless of the trouble we face in this world, Jesus has overcome. However, that truth will not eliminate trouble.
Some of the trouble that I face is a result of my own sin. Some of the trouble that I face is the result of simply living in a broken world. But Jesus came to reclaim both my mistakes and the world’s. Just as He came to us that first Christmas, He is coming again.

That is a message of good news—regardless of the current struggle—and the peace that Christmas promises.