We live in a world where peace is rare and elusive. World leaders are trying their best to negotiate and sign peace treaties but they never last for long. In his recent article, Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned physicist, made this observation, “… we are at the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity. We now have the technology to destroy the planet on which we live, but have not yet developed the ability to escape it.” He offered this solution, “… we need to break down, not build up, barriers within and between nations.”
Besides the social, economic, environmental and political peace, mankind is still searching for a true and lasting peace. How and where could this true peace be found? Two thousand seven hundred years ago, God sent this message through the prophet Isaiah:
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6). This is why, it is no coincidence that when Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, the angels announced to the poor shepherds the wonderful news: "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." (Lk. 2:14).
However, when God’s Son came to His own people, they ignored and rejected Him. Today, man still do the same to Him, that is why our world is in such a mess. True peace can only be found in Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace (Eph. 2:14). Nations conquer other nations by violence, destroying lives, environment and property. Jesus Christ conquers the world by saving lives and restoring peace and prosperity to humanity.
The world tries to establish peace by shedding other people’s blood, Jesus establishes peace by shedding His own blood. This is why when we have God’s peace in our hearts, we will have peace with others. Once we have experienced this peace, we can become God’s ambassadors of peace.
What are we doing with God’s offer of peace this Christmas? Since we have accepted Him, are we actively sharing the good news of peace? God’s blessings are not given for our own enjoyment alone. They are meant to be shared freely with others.
Let’s then share this message of peace with our loved ones, friends, colleagues and neighbors during this Christmas season. God’s Shalom to you all this Christmas.
Rev. Mark Tay