One of the great truths of Christmas is peace on earth. In fact this is what the heavenly host announced to the shepherds when Jesus Christ was born,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased (Luke 2:14).”
But there are at least four different categories of peace on earth, all of which come through Jesus Christ:
1. Judicial peace with God in justification (Rom. 5:1; Col. 1:20).
2. Inner, experiential peace in the heart (Isa. 26:3; John 14:27; Gal. 5:22; Phil. 4:6-7).
3. Peace with other believers (Matt. 5:9; Eph. 2:14-15; 4:3; Col. 3:15).
4. Eschatological peace (Isa. 2:2-4; 9:1-7; 11:6-10).
It could be said this way, every Christian experiences full judicial peace with God now, partial peace in the heart and with other believers now (depending on personal growth and sanctification), and will experience perfect peace in every respect when the Lord Jesus Christ returns as the Prince of Peace to establish His kingdom of perfect peace on earth.
May we reflect this Christmas on the peace that Jesus Christ brings through His redemptive work on our behalf.