This line, based on Luke 2:14, is often stated in poems, movies, and music around the time of Christmas. It is an aspiring saying, an expression of desire for peace on this earth and a corporative spirit of humanity. This same expression is often accompanied by a desire to spread peace and love as we come to the holiday season. But what does it mean to have peace, to spread peace, to know peace? While we often express it, we are perhaps unprepared or unequipped to understand how to spread it. Every year it seems we are more disconnected, more unsatisfied, more in conflict with our friends and family. No doubt many feel the stresses and burdens of what is expected of us at Christmas and the sadness of abandonment by our families when we should be together. But as we come to Christmas, there is a chance for each of us to consider Jesus’s birth, what he was born to do, and the peace that it brings.
Colossians 1:19-20 tells us that:
“God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
Jesus’s birth is not just an exciting story with a manger, angels, shepherds, and some wise men, but the beginning of the true peace that Jesus would bring into this world as God’s son. True peace, eternal and everlasting peace, is found in Jesus’s death and resurrection. It is this peace that unites his people and brings those who were once enemies with God and each other together as brothers and sisters in Christ. It is this peace that brings contentment and the fullness of the love God has into our hearts. My encouragement to us all as we head towards Christmas next week is to consider how we might spread this peace, how we might bring someone to know Jesus, and the peace he brings.