“In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.” Isaiah [11:10]
One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Silent Night” because it gives a peaceful picture of that first night when Jesus was born. Silent night, Holy night, all is calm, all is bright…sleep in heavenly peace. The whole reason this baby Jesus came was to bring peace.
The chaos of the current Christmas season is a clear contrast to that first “silent night.” The Christmas season has become a time of hustle and bustle. Our days are filled with traffic, long shopping lines and the endless holiday get togethers. The celebrations themselves are not bad, but the activity often drowns out the reason we celebrate Christmas. We celebrate Christmas to remember that Jesus came to bring us peace. Peace with God.
He brought peace with God through his death and resurrection. In our passage today we see that Jesus in the future will bring peace to everything that was broken in “the fall.” He will be our resting place and all the world will be at peace. While we wait for full expression of this promise, we can experience His peace today through knowing Jesus (Isaiah 11:9). Perhaps you’ve heard the saying “No Jesus…No Peace…Know Jesus…Know Peace.” I challenge you to take the time this Christmas season to know Jesus, for in knowing Him you will experience His overwhelming peace.
Dear Jesus, thank you for the promise of peace. Help me this season to slow down, spend time with you, and know your peace. Amen.
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