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Where’s the “Peace on Earth” that Jesus Came to Bring?!

The most well-known account of the birth of Jesus Christ, in Luke 2, has everything you need to think about “peace on earth” – a humble manger, glorious angels singing, and shepherds watching their flocks by night like all the songs sing about.

But the reality is: The world is filled with suffering, turmoil, and trouble. So, where’s the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring?

Many people wonder what Jesus came for when the world is clearly filled with suffering and sin, and it is evident that there no peace on the earth at any point in given time. Who was it who said Jesus came to bring peace?

Here is what so many people miss when they struggle with why suffering and sin ravage the world – Jesus the Christ didn’t come to “bring” peace – He IS peace!

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Jesus Christ is PEACE – on Earth

Jesus told His disciples that there would always be turmoil and pain on the earth when He said:

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Anyone with eyes can see how bad things are, but think about this: If it weren’t for God’s hand of mercy on your life – how much worse would it be?

To say “…the world needs Jesus” seems oversimplified, but really it is one of the hardest and most profound anythings anyone could ever say. The world does need Jesus, but Jesus knew not everyone would accept Him and the kind of “peace on earth” He came to bring.

If it weren’t for God’s hand of mercy on your life – how much worse would it be?

~Alicia Purdy ~

The fact is: Some people are more comfortable living in their misery than they are accepting the peace of God through Jesus Christ.

According to the prophecy in Isaiah 9:6-7:

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end…” (ESV)

Peace on earth, between sinful man and holy God came when Jesus Christ the Messiah took God’s wrath upon Himself, ensuring a spiritual peace and the peaceful reconciliation of sin’s darkness to God’s holy light through Him.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (MEV) says:

“God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

The real reason believers sing about “peace on earth” is not because the world has become more peaceful, but because the wrath of God toward sin was satisfied through the willing sacrifice of the Prince of Peace.

THAT is the Good News that should be on a Christmas card! Both the manger and the cross held the body of the Messiah and at both points in time – He wept, He bled, and His life changed the world, as well as His death.

How to Walk in True Peace on Earth

It’s not easy to navigate the areas in life where you experience turmoil because of the fallen condition of the world that has ravaged humanity. At times, you may even become angry and disappointed with God. God already knows!

But remember that when God looks at you, at your worst, in your sin, He sees you through the precious blood of His Son Jesus. THAT is the peace on earth Jesus came to bring.

In Matthew 10:34-36 Jesus said:

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword…. a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.” (ESV)

Remember that God does not define “peace” like people do. In fact, Exodus 15:3 says, “… the LORD is a Man of War.” (MEV).

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Romans 16:20 says “…and the God of peace will soon crush Satan under His feet” which seems like a very un-peaceful thing to do! Isaiah wrote that “…the punishment of our peace was put upon Him”. (Isaiah 53:5)

It is clear in God’s Word that He is willing to make war against sin – and those walking in that sin – in order to win peace for His people.

Peace on Earth, Amid Wars and Rumors of Wars

As a follower of Jesus Christ, your battles are spiritual. (Ephesians 6:10-18) There is no “peace” on earth because the world doesn’t have Jesus, who IS peace – but you do.

Learn more about the 7 Hebrew Words for Praise and how each one helps create strength, intimacy, and fresh revelation as you understand more about God’s plan for praise in your life!

In God’s reality, punishment leads to peace and crushing your enemies creates peace – the difference is this: It all depends on the enemy you’re fighting! We aren’t waging war against each other- although that is what it often looks like.

In God’s reality, punishment leads to peace and crushing your enemies creates peace – the difference is this: It all depends on the enemy you’re fighting!

~Alicia Purdy

Philippians 2:6-8 (MEV) says that Jesus:

“…being in the form of God…emptied Himself, taking upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in the form of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death.”

In Luke 2:14 the angels worshipped and sang of the birth of the Messiah saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, and goodwill toward men.” Why?

Because Jesus Christ is God’s “peace on earth” and His “goodwill toward men”! You have that Peace in you, working through you and for you. If there’s ever going to be “peace on earth” as the world thinks about it, the world needs Jesus, and the world needs YOU to show them who He is!

Thought for today: The Prince of Peace Carries Power

Wars and pain and death and evil acts, sickness and trauma will never cease as long as there is sin in the world, but there is peace between God and man once again, the way God intended it to be when He formed man on the sixth day of creation.

Isaiah 53:11 says that, “…when He sees all that has been accomplished by His anguish, He will be satisfied.”

Whatever battles are raging in your life right now, whatever the headlines say, remember that you can have “peace that passes understanding” which will become stronger through the time you spend in worship, where your joy is found. (Psalm 16:11)

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When was born, the angels were speaking prophetically about what Jesus Christ, the Messiah, had been born to accomplish and the peace He came to bring will sustain you even when the battles rage. (See Philippians 4:8-9)

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