Advent 2019

Arrival of Peace

There’s something serene and tranquil about an evening during the Christmas season, sitting in a room with only the warm glow of Christmas lights shining through the darkness.  Those warm Christmas lights bring warmth and PEACE to my soul. 

PEACE.  That is the theme of this second week of Advent.    

When God created the universe, He created it to work together in a symbiotic relationship. A mist came up from the ground to water it.  A river flowed and watered Eden.  Plants and trees were provided for animals and humans and in return, humans took care of them.  Creation was at PEACE and worked in harmony for the good of all.

The moment Adam and Eve took a bite of the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden they experienced something they had never felt before.  They experienced the absence of PEACE.  In its place was now shame and fear.

In that moment everything changed.  No longer would man walk with God in the garden.  No longer would creation live in peace with one another.  No longer would creation work towards the good of all.  Now, the earth would continue to experience shame and fear. 

Our Heavenly Father never meant for us to experience these feelings.  Shame and fear are dark feelings.  And in that darkness, we experience the absence of PEACE and lose sight of the Light.  We lose sight of Jesus and the truth that He is our light. 

Throughout God’s word we see Him or His angels speaking PEACE into the hearts of people with the words “do not fear”.  We see it surrounding the story of Christ’s first arrival, when Gabriel appears to Mary, he tells her…

When the angel appears to Joseph to calm his heart, he says…

When the angel appears to the shepherds keeping watch over their sheep in the field by night, he says…

With Jesus first arrival the angels appeared saying “Do not fear,” and they went on to sing…

It was just as Isaiah said…

Our Light had come!  And with this Light we would know great peace on earth!  And before Jesus left this earth, He said…

And while we wait for Jesus second arrival our Heavenly Father sent us the Wonderful Counselor, the Holy Spirit, to remind us during dark times that we don’t need to be fearful.  To remind us that God is with us.  To remind us to rest in the PEACE that comes only from the Light of the world.

We wait with PEACE in our hearts for when the Bright Morning Star will come with a scepter and crush the head of the serpent and tear down the oppression and shame of sin.

We wait with PEACE in our hearts for when there will no longer be any curse, but creation will once again work together in perfect harmony.

We wait with PEACE in our hearts for when God is with us forever and the darkness of fear is no more and His glory illuminates us, and the Lamb is our Lamp.

This second week of Advent take time to sit in the warm glow of Christmas lights and let PEACE fill your heart. And as you bask in their warm peaceful glow, may you remember all the prophetic words that have been confirmed through our Savior, Jesus Christ.  And may that knowledge set your hearts at PEACE, with a PEACE that only God can provide.  A PEACE like…

* Take time to read these scriptures today:

John 1:1-5 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created.  In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.

Genesis 3:7-10 – Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.  Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.  So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”  And he said, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.”

Luke 1:28-30 – And the angel come to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman!  The Lord is with you.”  But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be.  Then the angel told her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.”

Matthew 1:20 – But after he had considered these things, and angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”

Luke 2:8-14 (NKJV) – “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Isaiah 60:1 – Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord shines over you.

John 14:26-27 – “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all the things and remind you of everything I have told you.

Peace I leave with you.  My peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.”

1 Peter 1:19 – We also have the prophetic word strongly confirmed, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Revelation 22:16 – “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to attest these things to you for the churches.  I am the root and descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

* Think About It:

Grab your journal and sit in a darkened room lit only by the glow of your Christmas lights and think on the word “peace”.  Record in your journal what that word means to you during this Advent season as you put your trust in the Lord and remember that He is the Bright Morning Star, the Light of men.

Blessings to you this Christmas and Advent season!

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