Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

Luke 2:13, Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”

Jesus was prophesied as being the “Prince of Peace.” In a world that is constantly turbulent, we have the guarantee that king Jesus brings peace.

The peace of Christmas often shows up in its spectacular sameness. Those words just don’t seem to fit together, spectacular and sameness, but they do at Christmas. Every Christmas, we see the same lights, the same trees, the same ornaments, the same foods, the same gifts, but every year they are spectacular in a different way. Part of the spectacular sameness of Christmas is the Christmas carols we sing. I’m not talking about the songs about Rudolf or Santa Claus. I’m talking about the original Christmas carols that place an emphasis on the reason for Christmas to begin with;  they are songs about the spectacular Savior. These songs often bring peace of past memories. These past memories might presently be painful or pleasant, but the peace comes from worshipping a savior who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

They are songs like the ones that prompted the angels to suddenly gather in the sky and sing “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests” (Luke 2:13-14). So, this Christmas, celebrate the spectacular nature of Christmas by worshiping the same Christ Child that the angels did over 2,000 years ago because a son was given to us- a wonderful counselor, a mighty God, an everlasting Father, and a Prince of Peace.

The Cottonwood Creek family and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D