Peace this Christmas

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
— Romans 5:1 ESV

Due to the cold war and hippie movement of the last mid-century, our view of the word peace has been skewed.  The word most associated with peace is war.

When Jesus was born in that stable 2,000ish years ago, the world did not automatically become war-free or even conflict-free.

King Herod sat on his throne and commanded assassinations and massacres, and Ceasar Agustus still commanded the roman military forces.

War has just got uglier as history and science progressed.

Unfortunately, the hippie version of peace was not what Jesus came to bring us.  Fortunately, He instead was born and died to bring us peace with God.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

’Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’
— Luke 2:13-14 ESV

We can have peace with God.  Because of Jesus, we can be right with Him.  Through faith, and faith alone, we can be justified and we can be someone that God is pleased with.  Because of Jesus, God can be pleased with us and at peace with us.

Glory to God in the highest!

This is the gift that Jesus lived and died to give, peace with God.

We cannot earn this peace and rightness with God.  We are unable to deserve this gift, and righteousness with God depends on faith in Christ.

Merry Christmas this morning.  This is the good news of the gospel: you can have peace with God!  You can feel the glorious grace and none of the shame that would keep us from entering a relationship with our God.  Because JESUS!