On Earth peace

This Sunday is the Second Sunday in Advent, and the theme is peace. When the shepherds received news of Christ’s birth the heavenly host came praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:13, 14) Peace was emphasised when God came to earth. 

There is, however, a great difference between the peace God brings and the peace man seeks. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you” (John 14:27). The world sees peace as the cessation of wars and conflict. Jesus Christ came to bring true peace, peace between God and man, peace that will last forever. The purpose of His coming was that God, through Christ, came “making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him” (Colossians 3:20-22).

Peace with God is only possible by trusting Christ as Lord and Saviour (Romans 5:1). Even as disobedient and sinful creatures we can enter into a right relationship with God through faith in His Son Jesus Christ (Romans 5:11). May each of us be very sure that we have peace with God.

The peace Jesus promised to His followers is also an emotional peace as we cast our cares on the Saviour (Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Peter 5:7). There is also the possibility of interpersonal peace. In Romans 12:18, Paul urged believers, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Peace with others can become a reality through the grace of God in our lives. Best of all, we can anticipate global peace when our Saviour, the Prince of Peace, returns.

“At Christmastime we celebrate
The coming of the Prince of Peace;
Though now our world is locked in strife,
One day He’ll make all conflict cease.” 

—Sper (Our Daily Bread)

By our prayers and by our example, let us be peacemakers who bring the angels message to the world, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!” (Luke 2:14).

We will worship together this Sunday at 10:30 am. You are most welcome to join us.

Sermon: “A Child Is Born…A Son Is Given” Isaiah 9:6

Christmas Programme

Saturday, 9 December – 14:30 Singing Christmas Tree, at Werdmühleplatz in Zurich

Sunday, 10 December – 10:30 Singing Christmas Tree, at Church

Sunday, 24 December – 10:30 Prayer and fellowship, but no service

Sunday, 24 December – 16:00 Christmas Eve Service

Sunday, 31 December – 10:30 Worship Service

 

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