All Nations Shall Find Peace
Open Your Bible
Micah 4:1-7, Psalm 46:4-11, Zechariah 9:9-10
Don’t you wish, just once, you could go back to the way you felt on Christmas mornings growing up? When I was little, every Christmas morning was joyously the same. In our house, we would wake up to Raffi Christmas music, belt out NSYNC in the car ride over to Nana’s, and then our entrance music would play: “We Need a Little Christmas” by Johnny Mathis. If you’ve never heard it, look it up. It’s quite the jolly song—the melody, anyway. But the message of the lyrics? Well, here are some highlights:
Haul out the holly;
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again.
For I’ve grown a little leaner,
Grown a little colder,
Grown a little sadder,
Grown a little older.
And we need a little snappy
“Happy ever after,”
Need a little Christmas now.
Need a little Christmas now.
Pretty somber, right? The lyrics confess that life can leave us tired and weary, jaded and depressed. We can become worn down and worn out, and we just “need a little Christmas”—and we need it now.
This sense of urgency for peace has been present in all of human history. Finally, at Christmas, our souls can rejoice in victory.
“Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem!
Look, your King is coming to you…
and he will proclaim peace to the nations” (Zechariah 9:9–10).
At Christmastime, we are not just celebrating the birth of a baby; we’re celebrating the birth of a King! And our King has come to fight for us: “The LORD of Armies is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold!” (Psalm 46:11). When these passages were written, Israel was constantly in turmoil. They were either in captivity, on their way to captivity, or just coming out of captivity, and they looked to God to send the one true King to rescue them and finally put an end to their suffering.
In our culture today, at least in this part of the western world, we are not facing potentially fatal risks daily. This is an enormous blessing, but it also makes it so much easier for us to ignore our inner turmoil, to lull ourselves into a contented numbness. But when Christmas time hits each year, it’s like holding up an internal mirror, reminding our souls that we are celebrating more than twinkling lights and gifts to the tune of jolly melodies.
This Christmas, may we embrace the knowledge that we need still need rescuing; every inch of this world needs the lasting peace that only the Prince of Peace can bring. No matter what is going on around us, may we accept the peace of Christ with a childlike faith, and remember Christ’s salvation anew, joyful over God’s flesh-and-blood plan for our eternal redemption and salvation. May our homes and our families hold this verse in high regard all throughout the Christmas season: “Though all the peoples each walk in the name of their gods, we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever” (Micah 4:5).