It is only by yielding up my perception of peace and allowing God to disturb it that I can find out what real, deep, abiding peace is all about.

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One of the names by which we know Jesus is ‘Prince of Peace.’ But does ‘peace’ mean what we think it means? 

Personally, I often erroneously think peace is simply the absence of conflict. 

But in a sinful world, peace almost always comes at a price.

Jesus didn’t come to make peace with the world the way it was. He came to disturb the cultural order, break the power of sin, defeat sin, Satan, death, and hell and rise again to rule and reign in peace in a forever kingdom. 

God first made his peace-breaking plan made known to a young lady named Mary.

Luke 1:26-38 NIV

[26] In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, [27] to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. [28] The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 

[29] Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. [30] But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. [31] You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. [32] He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, [33] and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 

[34] “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 

[35] The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. [36] Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. [37] For no word from God will ever fail.” 

[38] “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Mary was disturbed. 

Question #1: How does Jesus want to disturb the peace in your life?

If you’ve made peace with sin, peace with the way things are, peace with brokenness… Jesus wants to disturb that!

The things you’re depending on for life aren’t what God would have you to depend on. 

  • Are you at peace with sin?
  • Are you at peace with your personal comfort zone?
  • Are you at peace with unhealthy, toxic patterns?
  • Are you at peace with your character flaws?
  • Are you at peace with the status quo?

The way things are in your life are not yet what God intends them to be. 

Jesus flips us upside down. 

Question #2: How does Jesus want to disturb the peace in your world?

The world needs to be disturbed.

Mary goes on to write a song of praise to God…

Luke 1:46-55 NIV

[46] And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord [47] and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, [48] for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, [49] for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. [50] His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. [51] He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. [52] He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. [53] He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. [54] He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful [55] to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”

Mary’s song is both a song of salvation and a cry for social justice. In her world, the rich and powerful were just getting richer and more powerful while the poor and the suffering were becoming worse off. 

She believed that Jesus would fix this. At first, she probably believed Jesus would be a political messiah of an earthly kingdom. Throughout his life, she came to understand that he had a much deeper, eternal purpose – the redemption of the lost. 

Mary was burdened with the world’s problems and saw the answer in Jesus.

So should we.

  • What breaks your heart?
  • What do you find “not right” about the world?
  • How will you look to Jesus as the answer?
  • How will you point others to Jesus as the answer?

The way things are in the world is not the way God intends for them to be forever, and he sent his Son Jesus Christ to do something about it.

It is only by yielding up my perception of peace and allowing God to disturb it that I can find out what real, deep, abiding peace is all about. 

And it is only through repentance and faith and a full yielding of your life to King Jesus that you will discover peace forever. 

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