Jesus, bringer of peace
Luke 2: 13-14 "Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.'”
As we draw closer to Advent, it's worth noting the ways in which peace is associated closely with Jesus. In fact, in Luke 2 when angels appeared to announce Jesus' birth to the shepherds, they sing of peace! It strikes me as important here that they do not sing of generosity, or of grace, or of honesty. They sing of peace.
That's not to imply that generosity, grace, or honesty are somehow less important than peace. But it strikes me that the particular thing the angels celebrated in Jesus' coming was peace. Ultimately, Jesus came and died to usher in a season of peace between his people and himself.
That being said, we look at the world today, and it doesn't seem particularly peaceful. As you think about Jesus and peace, you may find yourself longing for his peace to more present and more tangible. And that longing is actually healthy and a good thing. At City Church, we seek to join Jesus in the renewal of all things, and his peace is part of that. So how might you join him in the renewal of peace today?