In a few days, I will take a couple of weeks to celebrate the Christmas and New Years’ holidays with my family.
This time of year seems more peaceful to me than any other. But as events in our world have reminded us this year, there is a marked difference between feeling peaceful, and actually having peace. Both Testaments of our Bible employ a word for peace that transcends mere feeling or sentimentality, and their Holy Spirit-inspired authors bridge the linguistic differences between Hebrew and Greek to choose words that have a remarkably similar meaning. Both the Old Testament and the New communicate a sense of completeness and wholeness. Both imply a sense of total welfare, and both include an element of ultimate justice. Continue reading →