Christmas Countdown - Day 1

It's  Christmas Eve and there's 1 Day until Christmas. It's getting really closer! I wonder how many kids will say "I can't wait" today. I also wonder how many Moms will say "I need more time" today.

Yesterday I gave you my thoughts about Jesus being the Everlasting Father from this passage in the book if Isaiah.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end...

As we've counted down the days until Christmas, I've given a brief thought on each of these five descriptors of Jesus. So here we go with the final one.

There's no doubt about it, the Christmas holiday season can be stress filled. But there's also no doubt about the truth that Jesus is the prince of peace and He understands exactly what we're going through. So here's a couple of thoughts on how to maneuver through the season with more peace. Perhaps after reading this you'll have a more  Joy-Filled Christmas.

Jesus is the PRINCE of PEACE  and that tells me that He's in touch with us and what we're going through.

In the Hebrew language Prince of Peace are the words SAR SHALOM. SAR (prince) means the head person, the governor and the keeper. SHALOM means peace, health, prosperity, well being and rest.

The wonderful promise in the Isaiah passage above is that God's peace will have no end. When I think of that it's makes me grateful for God's infinite mercy and forgiveness. You see, His forgiveness is what really gives us true peace. When we are forgiven we are at peace with Him, no more separation and no guilt and condemnation.

Everybody needs something and some of the things are common to all of us but the one thing that we all need is forgiveness of sin. We all sin in some way or another and our sin separates us from God. We may say "yeah, I make mistakes but I'm not that bad." Big sins or little sins, they're all sins. Yesterday I committed a "little" sin, I got mad at this guy in a parking lot who beeped his horn at me, the nerve of him. I yelled at him and he looked at me and said, sorry, I just thought you'd hit my car. I was close but not too close and I saw that I had room. Do you see how I just justified my anger...sad. When I drove away I felt lousy but I alsoI felt the hand of God on my shoulder and I KNEW that I needed to confess or agree that what just happened was sin. I knew that I had less peace after my yelling than before. So I said "sorry God, forgive me" and it was done and guess what, I felt better. It's the same with little sins and big sins, confess and receive peace.  

Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Maybe you'd like to pause for a second right now and say thank you to God for being the source of your PEACE.

God bless you and thank you for taking some time to experience this little Christmas Countdown. I pray that you'll have a wonder-filled Christmas.

Maybe I'll see you at tonights Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, it's at 6PM. We're live at the Church and online at as well.
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