God’s Gift of Peace at Christmas

Luke 2:11-14

An old lady walked into a pet store, found a parrot
and asked the owner if she could buy it. The owner
said, “Heck no! That parrot has a bad mouth! Trust
me – you do not want that parrot!”
She said, “I can teach it good manners.”
But, when she got home the parrot said a bad
word, so she put it in the freezer for 10 seconds.
She took it out and said, “Did you learn your
lesson?” It said another bad word so she put it
back in for 30 seconds. She took it out and asked if
it learned its lesson yet.

The parrot said “Brr… Yes I learned my lesson, but,
what did the chicken do?”

Last week we looked at God’s gift of grace at Christmas,
today we are going to see God’s gift of peace at
Christmas.
Before we get to the text, I want to take some time to
talk about peace.

The prophet Isaiah wrote about the birth of Christ several
hundred years before it happened.
Listen to his words from Isaiah 9:6-7 “For a child will
be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the
government will rest on His shoulders; and His
name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty
God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be
no end to the increase of His government or of
peace.”

The Hebrew word for Peace is Shalom.
The most common definition of peace is the absence of
war or conflict.

That’s only part of it though.
Shalom is also the presence of something better in its
place.

As a noun shalom means wholeness or completeness.
Think about a stone pot with no cracks. It is complete
Or imagine a stone wall with no bricks missing. It’s whole
and complete.
Jesus is the Prince of Shalom

As a verb it means to make complete or whole.
Jesus takes what is broken and makes it whole.
Jesus restores broken people, relationships and nations
by bringing peace and being peace.
His shalom will have no end

Now let’s examine our text:

Luke 2:11-14

At Christmas Jesus came to bring
Peace to the World

V.14 says on earth peace
God selected Israel to be His chosen people, a royal
priesthood, a people set apart for His glory. But their
hearts were hardened against God.
And then God grafted in all the other nations that placed
their faith in Him. He added them to the family tree. He
makes them complete bringing peace on earth.

Jesus came as a baby for the purpose of restoring peace
in the world. He didn’t do it the way everyone expected.
They were looking for a military king, but Jesus came as
the Prince of Peace and He came to bring peace on earth.
Listen to Paul’s words from Ephesians 2:14 “For He
Himself is our peace, who made both groups into
one and broke down the barrier of the dividing
wall,”
He’s not just talking about the absence of violence, He’s
talking about how He brings peace. He is Shalom.

But there is a future element to this as well.
If you look around you will notice that the world isn’t at
peace. We’ve been blessed these last few years to be
out of war with other countries, but in the past we have
been in long standing wars around the world. WWI,
WWII, the Civil War, etc. There will come a day when
Jesus will come back and reign for 1000 years. Then
He will destroy the earth as we know it and create a new
heaven and a new earth. And there will be peace on
earth.

Listen to the words of Jesus in John 16:33 “These
things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may
have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but
take courage; I have overcome the world.”

This is my favorite part about Jesus. He speaks in the
present tense about things that happen in our future.
He knows the future and He knows He wins against Satan
and evil in the end.
Because when God says something it happens!!! He sent
Jesus to be peace on earth, and He accomplishes it. In
God’s perfect timing.

Jesus came to bring
Peace among Men

V.14 continues, on earth peace among men
In Bible times Jews despised non-Jews.
When they would travel they would take the long way
around even if it was many miles out of the way because
they didn’t want to come near the hated Gentiles.

Paul describes it in Ephesians 2:15-16 “by abolishing
in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of
commandments contained in ordinances, so that in
Himself He might make the two into one new man,
thus establishing peace. And might reconcile them
both in one body to God through the cross, by it
having put to death the enmity.”

Jesus died for all who would believe in Him.
He didn’t just die for the Jews, He gave up His life so that
all have the ability to be saved.

For that reason, we must treat others with the same
peace that Jesus came to bring.
It’s not that easy, but because of the Holy Spirit we can
be reconciled to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
We are one in the bond of love!

Finally, Jesus came to bring
Peace with God

Jesus is the only one who can restore us back to peace
with God. There is nothing we can do or no one else who
can restore us back to the relationship we had with God
in the beginning.

Think back to the Garden of Eden; God made Adam in
His own image. He was perfect and sinless. He was in
perfect communion with God. But God gave Adam free
will. And Adam chose to disobey God. Sin separated man
from God and brought death.

But through Jesus, God has restored man to his original
state of communion with God.
Because of Jesus man can be at peace with God.

Jesus also taught man to be at peace with other men.
He taught to turn the other cheek, to go the extra mile,
to love our enemies and pray for them.

Paul wrote about it to the Roman church. “If possible,
so far as it depends on you, ,be at peace with all
men.” Romans 12:18
Paul writes about this in Romans 5:1 “Therefore,
having been justified by faith, we have peace with
God through our Lord Jesus Christ,”
Jesus brings us peace with the Father!
He also leaves us with Peace
Check out John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; My
peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I
give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor
let it be fearful.”
This verse is referring to the Holy Spirit.
Jesus didn’t leave His disciples alone in the world when
He went back to heaven to sit at the right hand of God.
He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in believers. To make
peace in us so that we can have peace with God.

It’s yet another example of God’s peace.
He makes us complete and whole again.

Restoring us to fellowship with Him because of the
obedience of the Son.

Thank you Jesus for bringing us peace, for being peace
and for leaving us peace.

APPLICATION

When we were kids and we were making too much noise
or getting on my mom’s nerves. She would break out into
this song… peace and love, peace and love.
We don’t really know what the rest of the words are
because she sang it off key to get us to settle down.
As soon as we heard the first word we started begging
her to stop singing. She wouldn’t stop until we stopped
what we were doing. It was quite effective.

What does that have to do with our application?

God is the only one who gives us peace.
We can’t find it on our own, we have to have Jesus in our
life in order to have true peace.
Our application this morning is to
Receive God’s Peace

Jesus is our peace.
He completes us and makes us whole so that we can be
together with God in heaven forever!

We can’t make our own peace and we can’t force it on
anyone else.
We have to receive the peace that God gives us in Jesus
Christ.

But we can share our peace with others by telling them
the Christmas story and the one who came to bring
peace.