Most of the time, Christmas can feel anything but peaceful.
Fridges packed to the rafters, gridlocked roads, houses filled with family and inflatable beds, the idea that we are celebrating the Prince of Peace can feel almost comical.
And yet the Hebrew word often translated as peace is far more than our idea of peace begin related to tranquility.
Shalom doesn’t represent a feet up with a glass of wine kind of peace (not that we need flee from these moments should they arise) but something far deeper. It’s about wholeness and completeness, where nothing is missing.
Calling Jesus our Prince of Peace is a reminder that we can have no shalom apart from God, He is the only one who can complete us and nothing; not presents, not a job, not family, nothing can fulfil us apart from God through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
And Jesus demonstrates the promise of shalom; it’s not that He had a trouble free, peaceful life – it’s that He himself was at peace with God and with himself. It’s the promise that Jesus Himself makes. In John 10:10 He says:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Whatever thief comes to steal our shalom; loss, mental illness or fear, Jesus came as the baby born in a Bethlehem stable so that we may have shalom in its midst.
So whatever guests Christmas brings; we at ThinkTwice wish you the shalom that comes from the Prince of Peace.