Looking for a last minute Christmas gift? Here’s a sample of some of the best Christmas gift ideas for 2021: For those who wear eyeglasses, there’s the Smear-Free “Carbon NanoTech” Eyewear Cleaner. A popular kitchen gift is the single-cup Kuerig coffee maker. To combat the cold, the Alpha Heater instantly turns any room from cold and frigid to warm and cozy. And for Fido and Fufu – there’s the Wentworth Tufted Dog Sofa and the Sushi Cat Toy. Interestingly, I didn’t see the gift of peace on any list. Perhaps, despite being priceless in real value, peace doesn’t have much commercial value these days!
Yet, the world is searching for peace, especially amid our present day COVID chaos! There is a deep yearning for peace among nations, peace between people and inner peace sought by individuals. And yet, the hope for peace in its various expressions seems to be overrun by the chaos, pandemonium and conflict of our day. Despite some commercial appeals attempting to sell some kind of peace in a product, true and lasting peace is not found in a thing; it’s found in a person!
In fact, the greatest gift of all, the source of true and lasting peace known as the Prince of Peace, was born in a manger 2000 years ago in Bethlehem:
“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
The Hebrew word for “peace” in this verse is shalom, a word often used in reference to an appearance of calm and tranquility of individuals, groups, and nations. But ‘shalom’ carries deep and profound meaning beyond a simple lack of conflict.
According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, shalom means “completeness, soundness, welfare, peace.” It is translated “success” and used as part of an inspired blessing in 1 Chronicles 12:18. Shalom is applicable to an external peace between two entities—such as individuals or nations—and to an internal sense of peace within the individual’ – (https://www.gotquestions.org/Shalom-meaning.html).
Jesus, the ‘Prince of Peace,’ came to bring a relational peace between God and man through His death – for “while we were God’s enemies, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). And how do we enter into that peace? Through faith – “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).
Our position of being at peace with God in Christ also includes the peace of God that comes not from the world, but from the Holy Spirit: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
Additionally, this “peace that surpasses understanding” (Philippians 4:7) is available to us as God’s people and is part of the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22). What a blessing!
As a result of this peace granted by the Prince of Peace, we then can live in relational peace with other believers in the ‘bond of peace’ (Ephesians 4:1-3).
Lastly, our testimony of peace to unbelievers can be powerful! For Hebrews 12:14 states: “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”
Yes, one of the greatest gifts of Christmas is the gift of peace granted by the Prince of Peace. And like other gifts, it’s one to be shared with all people. I wanted to share the gift of song by a gifted singer/songwriter Marty Goetz entitled, ‘Prince of Peace’. I hope you enjoy it.
May you experience and express in abundance the gift of peace found in the Prince of Peace, Jesus, this Christmas and beyond. Merry Christmas!
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” – Luke 2:14