But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.

Ephesians 2:14-17

The peace that came with Jesus is as lasting as its bringer.

Something inside all mankind longs for lasting peace. Think about the last few generations and their various experiences of turmoil in our world. Yes, there have been moments when conflict is not continually on played out in the media, but those times are few and far between. As I’ve read the narrative of the Bible to my kids this Advent season, I’m reminded of what people experienced in Jesus’ day. From the conflicts between kingdoms to the Roman occupation, the world then and now longs for peace.

Jesus is peace and His coming is the beginning of peace on earth. Peace is already set in motion, but not yet fully realized. When you take a step back and enjoy a few moments with family or friends and likely a little bit of peace, keep in mind the promise of peace. Now in a fleeting moment, but someday in the eternal presence of Christ Himself. Enjoy the peace that comes with the season and reflects on the absolute everlasting peace to come.

DO THIS TODAY: Let the peace of Christ be reflected in your thoughts and actions.