The Angels Promised It

Reading: Luke ch 2 v 8 – 20

Jude has written this about the sermon:

“My final section was about waiting well in Advent, but I was overtaken by emotion as I looked out across the congregation, knowing so many people will face a deeply sad few weeks.

My final point was this:Are we waiting well? Have you asked God about something or for something and you’re waiting to see how He responds? The peace that the Angels promised is a very real and tangible thing. Peace is a person, and we can have a deep sense of God’s peace when we turn to Jesus and receive him again. This is the peace that surpasses all understanding, which we read about in Philippians.

I realise that at Christmas we read the birth narrative and mention pregnancy a lot. For some of us every time we hear one of those words it’s like a pin prick to the soul. If you’re grieving the loss of a child or spouse or loved one, if you’re unable to conceive, if you’re grieving the loss of a stage of parenting (such as the baby stage, or your children are grown up and far away) these readings are full of words that bring up pain and sadness. Peace may seem a distant idea, but we can ask Jesus to bring his divine and deep peace into our lives. It’s not a fluffy sentiment; peace is a person. Jesus is the peace that was promised. He is a gift to us, for us to receive.”

Questions for study:

  1. What struck you about what you heard? Was there anything you didn’t understand or agree with?
  2. Are you good at waiting for things?
  3. What do you find helps you to wait?
  4. Have you ever felt the peace that comes from knowing you’re saved by Jesus and knowing he has authority in this world?