The centre-peace this Christmas
Week beginning: 25th December, 2016 | By Fiona Mahendran | London
'For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; …and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.'Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)
Every year I think this Christmas will be different from my first 'working' Christmas. Nearing deadlock in a claim with a sub-contractor, heading towards arbitration, we joined the Directors for the Christmas Eve speeches, mince pies and an early afternoon finish: finally time to reflect on Jesus. Fast-forward to Christmas Day, our US-based General Counsel started sending emails relating to the claim. To reply or not to reply was not the question!
Rather: What is the source of peace?
The Prince of Peace spent most of His earthly life surrounded by people who were often quarrelsome, demanding or downright hostile. Jesus was constantly busy and pressured, yet was full of peace. He carried it about with Him in His heart and never let the outside world steal it away. Wonderful Lawyer, He truly is.
Yet to us, again He says this Christmas "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you" (John 14:27). His kind of peace does not depend on the absence of strife. Jesus wants us to inherit His internal and eternal peace, but first we must choose to accept His gift.
Whether it's the family coming, the roast potatoes burning, that one piece of work that missed the Christmas deadline, or the case/exam that awaits your attention after Christmas… may you enjoy the gift of His peace as you remember that He alone remains the centrepiece of Christmas.
1. Give thanks for the gift of Jesus and His peace. Through Him we have eternal life! May we remember to put Him alone at the centre of our Christmas.
2. Christmas without Jesus is no Christmas at all – pray for opportunities and boldness to share this most wonderful gift, even today.