Be Born In Us Today
~ Peggy Berglund
Over 50 degrees yesterday morning and down to 16 degrees this morning. Yesterday we were finishing up some outside work wearing sweatshirts but we want to stay inside today. But in the house, as my husband pointed out, the temperature is the same today as it was yesterday. The outside elements are not affecting the level of comfort on the inside.
The weather can be unpredictable to be sure, as well as world situations, the political scene, relationships, health, finances, safety – and the list goes on. But the “temperature” on the inside need not change. Jesus said in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
About 700 years before the birth of Jesus – the One whose birthday we are celebrating this month – Isaiah prophesied “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
The baby in the manger came to bring peace. Not the kind of peace that is the absence of noise and turmoil. He didn’t come to apply band aids to conflicts between family members or politicians or countries. He came so sin could be rooted out of our hearts so we could have the peace that only He can give. He came so we can be reconciled to God – He came to pay the debt of our sin so we could be made righteous before His Father. That is the peace He came to bring. It’s the kind of peace that can keep us secure and anchored regardless of what is going on around us in our relationships, life’s challenges, the government or world turmoil.
The Baby Jesus, the Prince of Peace, was physically formed in the womb, close to the heart of His mother Mary. The Apostle Paul in Galatians 4:19 expresses quite poignantly his desire for our hearts “until Christ is formed in you!” Phillips Brooks the author of O Little Town of Bethlehem, written in 1867 says it this way:
O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
Happy Birthday to The Prince of Peace!