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Advent III – The Dawning of Peace - Luke 2:10-14, Eph 2:14-17 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 09:14

 

One of the central themes of Advent is peace. In the Christmas story, who can forget the great company of angels who appeared to the shepherds and proclaimed, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:14)?

 

The apostle Paul understood that one of the most important implications of the Gospel is the peace that Christ provided. “His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.” (Eph 2:15-16)

 

This past Sunday, Steve helped us to connect this theme of peace to our present day context. He began by defining culture simply as a system of preferences and beliefs shared by a group that allows them to earn approval, defines for them what a good life is, and implicitly ranks people accordingly. For the Jews in Paul’s day, they relied on their laws and commandments for approval and salvation and it became an obstacle to the Gospel. In a similar way, when we rely on our culture (not specifically ethnic Chinese) for approval, significance, and salvation; things such as our education, status, or wealth, we can become a hindrance or a ‘dividing wall’ to the Gospel of grace. So as we think about peace this Christmas, we pause to think about how we can take steps into Christ’s path of peace.

 

We heard 2 meaningful stories of how we might be able to do this. Cam is involved with a ministry in NY that serves autistic children. Cyrus is involved with an organization that focuses on education, specifically helping children who are behind in their reading skills. May God lead us to ways that we can be peacemakers in this fallen and broken world.

 

Peace and grace, John

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 December 2017 09:27