Scripture: Luke 1:67-79; Isaiah 57:18-21
This Sunday, we will continue our Advent sermon series, A Light in the Darkness, where each week the sermon is based around the themes associated with the candles we light on our Advent wreath. Last week, we talked about how Jesus brings hope to our lives, this week we are talking about the theme of peace.
The general definition of peace is freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility. This seems reasonable on its surface. When we think of living in a peaceful home, for example, we often imagine living in a space that is quiet with no disturbances that brings a feeling tranquility. But that definition really only captures the effects of peace- what happens when we enter into a peaceful environment.
The reason why we think of peace in terms of the effects is because peace is so connected with its opposites. The opposite of peace is when you are dealing with disagreement, discord, agitation, fighting, even hatred. So we assume that if you remove all those things, then you will have found peace. But that’s not necessarily true. You can remove all those negatives and still not have achieved peace in your life.
So what this tells us is that peace is something much deeper than its effects, and the question we’re going to try to answer this Sunday is: how do you achieve peace in your life? I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with fun, laughter, and the joy of family and friends. Stay safe and I’ll see you on Sunday!