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Transcending Peace

Weekly Devotionals

Transcending Peace

Philippians 4:7 “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” New Living Translation

Brothers and sisters, in this season of Advent, receive the peace that surpasses all understanding as we recognize God’s presence among us through Jesus Christ.

The last chapter of the book of Philippians marks the words of exhortation that apostle Paul gives to the church of Philippa. A stranger to the scriptures would probably think that Paul was having a time of his life if they read the passage out of context. We certainly get a greater appreciation of his posture, understanding that circumstantially he was in a tough spot: incarcerated, persecuted, and facing death. What kind of a man under such circumstances, proclaims peace above all understanding? Certainly
not a sane man by the standards of this world!

But we, Christians, are of another worldly paradigm people. The source of this peace and therefore joy is of course Jesus!

As a big fan of Ravi Zacharias I will quote him once again, who couldn’t have put it more succinctly: “For the Christian, joy and peace are the central features of life and sorrow is peripheral, because in the gospel the fundamental questions of life are answered and it is the peripheral ones that are relatively unanswered. For the atheist (or any other worldview for this matter), sorrow is central and joy peripheral, because only the peripheral questions have answers and the central ones remain unanswered.” For the Christian, that answer comes through the person of Jesus Christ, who has bridged us into eternity to our original purpose and communion with God.

The answer to all of our most fundamental questions points to Jesus, the solution to all of our central problems is Jesus.

Friends, we might not be justified in this lifetime. Our hard work might not pay off, undeserving outcome or an inexplicable
tragedy might befall upon us. Such is life of a fallen world.  But we live in a paradigm of eternity beyond this world, where justice and goodness will never fail. Even though the peripheral and temporal problems have not been met, the fundamental and eternal
matters have been guaranteed. Such is the reason for this transcending peace that surpasses all worldly understanding.

It started two millenniums ago, through the birth of a little child, and we observe Advent as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the coming of our Messiah who gifts us with this incredible peace. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, as we remember the coming of Christ, the author of true Peace on Earth.