A Meditation on True Peace
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile everything to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19-20
Traditionally, the candle lit on the second week of Advent is called the Peace candle or the Preparation candle. This week, we’re going to meditate on the peace the world was longing for, and we are blessed to have.
Sometimes during the Christmas season I struggle with the idea of Peace on Earth, as proclaimed by the angels. I don’t always see it. The world is so angry. So where’s the peace? What am I missing?
The Children of God Missed It, Too
The Jewish nation was also distracted by worldly issues; they longed for earthly peace and someone to save them from pain. As they cried out for relief, God wanted something more for them; he wanted peace between them and Himself first.
John the Baptist entered the scene with a message of repentance to prepare their hearts. He taught the people about their spiritual need for God so that they were longing correctly: not for relief from worldly oppression, but for relief from sinful oppression that kept them from God. And he promised there was even more to come:
He proclaimed, “One who is more powerful than I am is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of his sandals. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1:7-8
Unfortunately, most of the Israelites never got it. They missed the point of Jesus even after John had prepared them, because they could not look past their worldly situation.
Embracing True Peace
What about us? As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior, do we fully grasp the enormity of the peace Jesus made possible? Do we understand where our focuses should be?
Just as John prepared the people for the coming of spiritual peace, we’re in an age of preparation for global peace when Christ comes back again. Fortunately for believers, the Holy Spirit is with us, turning us toward the Kingdom of God, preparing our hearts for eternity with Him on earth.
Let’s not miss the point of Jesus because we’re distracted and discouraged with the ways of the world. We should rejoice daily for the peace we have with God through His precious son, Jesus. And that peace should radiate out into our broken world as love and joy, sharing the good news, and ushering in the Kingdom of God.
Here’s a look at my dialogue with the Holy Spirit while meditating on this passage. This is just a model to get you started. Meditating on scripture is a very personal journey and relationship with God, but you may find my Meditation Guide helpful. Subscribe now to my Newsletter and get immediate access to a Free Printable Library that includes a Meditation Journal Page for this verse.
For God was pleased — Thank you, Lord, for longing for us. For being pleased to offer us Christ; a way to be reconciled to you once more.
to have all his fullness — You sent all of yourself, Lord. You held nothing back. I stop and think on a human baby holding the fullness of God.
dwell in him, — Every part of you, Lord, came in the form of a man. Jesus is wholly God. His every action and word was God’s. I stop and reflect on the divinity of Jesus.
and through him to reconcile — Balance. We are made right through Jesus. I’m silent in that awesome thought. I’m humbled, thankful, and repentant that the Lord of all creation gave me a way to come into His presence.
everything to himself, — He wants everything to be at peace with Him. I’m quiet and ponder the word “everything.”
whether things on earth — I think of all of creation. The unfathomable amount of people all through history, all life here on earth, every single thing is His and will be reconciled to Him.
or things in heaven, — All of heaven bows down to Him. All spiritual beings will profess His name.
by making peace — He caused this peace–this reconciliation– to happen. He has paid it. I pause and think on His love for me, and how He’s made me worthy.
through his blood,– My sin required Jesus’ blood. Nothing else. Only blood. I reflect on this hard demand and what it says about the dirtiness of my sins. I’m so thankful to Jesus.
shed on the cross. — He made peace through Jesus’ blood, on a torture device. Death did not come easily. It was not a quick sacrifice. Jesus suffered for my peace. The baby we celebrate, the dawn from on high, the light of the world . . . . suffered extreme pain for my peace. I’m in awe. I’m silent with that thought.
Suggested Breath Prayers
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God was pleased
All His fullness dwell in him
Making peace through his blood
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