Advent Devotional December 23
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.“ - Luke 2:13-14 (NRSV)
We’re in the season of Advent - the season of waiting and anticipating. We’re anxiously thinking about gifts, parties, family gatherings, joy, love, and even peace.
One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” The carol reminds us of the angels singing, “Glory to the newborn King; peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled” (Luke 2:14). Those words, “peace on earth,” identify something we long for today. But God had already fashioned the solution to our need for reconciliation and peace. He knew that we were sinners in need of a Savior, a Messiah - the source of ultimate peace. God sent Jesus as a tiny baby, to make us complete by saving us from our sinfulness.
In this season of gift-giving and gift-buying, let’s ponder God’s gift of peace. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is our peace. When we trust in Jesus as the Son of God who came to save us, we will have the peace, or “shalom,” with God that our hearts were designed for.
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for the gift of your son Jesus, who came to be our Prince of Peace. We live in a broken world, so we pray that you will bring Your gift of peace into our hearts and minds, into our families and into our world. Help us to trust in Jesus and to show the peace of Christ to others. As we reflect upon the birth of Christ and anticipate His glorious return, may we remember that You alone, Lord, are the giver of everlasting, perfect peace. Amen.
By Jonna Carter, Wesley Chapel, Lexington District