There are two levels of peace in the world. There is peace in my personal world and peace in the world at large. Things can be relatively peaceful in my life and my family—I have a job, the bills are getting paid, the kids are doing okay, and so on—while there is a distinct lack of peace in the world—there are wars, disasters, homeless refugees, economic upheavals, and more.
Recommended Reading: John 14:27
27 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.
To the shepherds outside Bethlehem, to whom Jesus’ birth was announced, life could have been personally peaceful. It was probably a quiet night, shepherds and flocks at rest. But the same was not true of their “world”—they lived under the heel of Rome and its puppet governors like Herod. Soldiers were present everywhere and religious squabbles ruled the day. Then the angels appeared to announce “on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” With the birth of Jesus would come the promise of peace the prophets wrote about (Isaiah 11:6-9). Not only did God offer peace to individuals but to the world as well.
This Christmas, the world is not yet at peace—but you can be. Embrace the Prince of Peace as we wait for peace on earth.