For to us a child is born, to us a son is given… And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, PRINCE OF PEACE. Isaiah 9

I read that there are 38 recognized wars going on in the world right now.  This does not include tribal fighting, border disputes and a variety of skirmishes between people groups, countries and ethnic and religious groups with in countries.  It also does not include other kinds of war.  War on drugs, war on poverty, war on HIV/AIDS, war on preventable disease, war on cancer, war of domestic violence and oppression, war on sex trafficking, war on child abuse, war on…

Is it me or is peace hard to come by these days?

Across the country suicide among teens is devastatingly high.  Divorce is rampant.  Gangs are growing in power, size and influence, prisons are overcrowded.  Families are upside down financially, empty emotionally and void of power spiritually.  In every corner of the world poverty is making gains and generations of families are at risk.  I recently sat through a series of dramatic presentations by college students and the angst, despair and hopelessness was palpable.

Is it me or is peace hard to come by these days?

Right now… a person is losing their job, a family is losing it love, someone is losing their fight against cancer, a kid is losing his confidence, a dad is losing his son, a parent is losing a child, an abuser is losing control, an addict is losing a battle, a heart is losing it’s hope, a mind is losing its will, an older person is losing to Alzheimer’s, a kid is losing the battle against cutting…

Is it me or is peace hard to come by these days?

Hey, would someone go over to Leonard’s house and tell him that Christmas is a happy time.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year with all the missletowing and hearts overflowing…  There are sleigh bells and presents and holly and snow men and families and people are nice at this time of the year.  Make him stop, he is ruining Christmas.

Please don’t get me wrong, I am not meaning to bum you out and conflict your soul during Christmas.  I am hoping and praying that everyone I know and everyone you know has an amazing Christmas filled with everything good and great.  But…

If Jesus is the Prince of Peace, then Christmas has to recognize these struggles, otherwise we don’t really need a Prince of Peace.  In fact, if we fail to understand that at the heart and soul of Christmas is our brokenness, then we would have to say “unto us a son is given and he will be called the prince of warm fuzzies and good intentions.”

Here is my crazy take on this.  God sent the PRINCE OF PEACE because there was no peace.  Some of us reading these words have already been described above in one way or another and the gift of Christmas is that God sent the PRINCE OF PEACE into a world of conflict and war.

He did not send the suggester of peace, the announcer of peace, the news anchor of peace, the professor of peace, the wishful thinker of peace… I cannot get peace without the Prince of Peace, so into the middle of this world He sent the PRINCE OF PEACE!

When the angels announced the Christ to the shepherds they said “Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace and goodwill to men…”  This angelic proclamation was not just a fancy greeting nor was it merely an announcement of what was just happening.  It was a statement of what coming.    God was sending His Son into the world to WIN the peace and in doing so God’s glory will shine and His peace will win and mankind will finally know God as He desires us to know Him.

Sin – defeated.  Forgiveness – given. Death – defeated.  Life – given. Fear – defeated. Love – given.  Past – defeated.  Hope – given.  THE PRINCE OF PEACE! The Gift of Christmas!  Off…we go now.

~ by OFF we go now on December 25, 2010.

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