What does the Christmas wish of ‘peace and joy’ mean?
To many it might seem wishful thinking at best. Many live in war, terror, and fear of economic disaster.
It has become a ritual that families come together for Christmas. Sadly, for many it’s a veneer of ‘peace and joy’ that covers disappointment and hurt.
When God first promised a Prince of Peace, establishing justice and righteousness with no end (Isaiah 9:6–7), the people lived in distress and darkness. The Assyrian empire were invading, from the north.
And 722 years later, when Jesus Christ did come, he entered a world of oppression and brokenness. In those same northern parts of Israel Jesus began his public ministry proclaiming the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 4).
Many throughout the world have given their life to the Prince of Peace knowing he does provide truth, certainty, and peace while transforming lives out of dark times.
Let’s encourage each other to set our hope fully in Jesus the Prince of Peace this Christmas!
Both of our Bible readings today (Isaiah 60:1–22 and John 1:1–18) tell of the wonder that God gives himself to us, and there is nothing greater possible.
As C.S. Lewis said…
In Christ, Tory
The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm achieved salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him. Isaiah 59:15–16
This is the real wonder of Christmas. God saw the injustice and brokenness in our world. He was displeased. He sent his Son Jesus into the World.
God won’t allow our world to continue in its ways, He loves us too much.
Isaiah looks forward to the day when the Redeemer comes to put all things in their right place. The New Testament tells us Jesus is the Redeemer and has begun the Last Days. And He will come again to judge and restore the creation.
We have the privilege of sharing the good news of the Redeemer, and urging people to repent so they are ready for his return and judgment.
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.
The market scene in Isaiah 55 presents the wonder of God’s grace: ‘Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost!’
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, so who is paying for this?
GRACE is God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Last week, in Isaiah 52:13–53:12, we saw it is God’s Servant who paid the price. That’s the wonder and most fundamental truth of Christianity: Jesus paid it all on the Cross.
God offers us what we crave for most – peace with him and his world. We can’t pay the cost. Only Jesus can do what’s needed. All we can do is accept the invitation by turning to him in trust.
My prayer is that we are known as a church family who love God’s grace and are known as the most generous people for we know how generous God has been to us and know that all we have is his!
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.