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#MWC E2.5

For the final Advent-focused #MWC in 2017, I sing a song that I wrote back in 2003, and then talk about the “PEACE” that Jesus made possible for all humanity.

I think I wrote this song back in 2003. I was actually asked to write this song from a church that was celebrating Advent. They gave me the themes and asked me to write a song, and this is what came out of that. It’s called “Revelation of Love“.

This is the last song for the Midweek Worship Connection Advent Season series. We’re going to be doing some new songs after this, so if you have a request for a song, feel free to put it in the comments section, and we’ll see what we can do…

Revelation of Love (written by Jeff Polen)

Love lights the darkness and casts out all fear
Here in this present darkness perfect love is near
Oh, but how can I find it? How can I see this love that sets me free?
How can I find God? Or when will He find me?

A revelation of love is what my heart needs
A fresh break through the lull of my complacency
And just to be amazed by the Babe who came to bring restoration
God, open my eyes to see and receive love’s revelation

Love invites repentance in the light of His face
True love brings the Kingdom, true love is God’s face
Oh, but how can we find it? How can we see this love that sets us free?
How can we find God? When will we see our King?

A revelation of love is what our hearts need
A fresh break through the lull of our complacency
And just to be amazed by the Babe who came to bring restoration
God, open our eyes to see and receive love’s revelation

And when the blood and the cross and a zeal for the lost
cannot bring us to our knees
God, break our hearts once more
With the story of a baby King

A revelation of love is what this world needs
A fresh break through the lull of our complacency
And just to be amazed by the Babe who came to bring restoration
God, open our eyes to see and receive love’s revelation

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This is the last episode of in our walk through the season of Advent here on the Midweek Worship Connection. I hope that the study has been good for you. Thanks for joining us! If you missed any of the previous episodes, don’t forget that you can always go back and watch them (or watch them again) at www.jeffpolenmusic.com/mwc.

Advent typically lasts for four weeks, with four themes, and concludes on Christmas morning. The typical themes include, hope, joy, peace and love. For our purposes here on the Midweek Worship Connection, we had only enough time to focus on three. So far we have looked at HOPE and JOY. Today, let’s talk about PEACE.

Turn with me in your Bibles to Luke 2. Let’s start in verse 8:

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” -Luke 2:8–14, ESV

Alright, I have to be honest. I really messed up this week. Over the weekend our family was a part of a local outreach. Our goal was to share the love of Christ with a community that does not have a strong church presence. The Christmas season presents such a great opportunity to reach out and share about Jesus. After all, Jesus really is the reason for the season, right?

So our plan was to reach out to others with the matchless love of Christ. Unfortunately, before we ever left our house, we had forgotten what it was like to reach in with the love of Christ.

We were running a bit late, as a family with five young children can tend to do, and there was no peace on earth in the Polen household. There was only children playing loudly and paying no attention to the task at hand. There were frustrated parents yelling at the children and telling them to get their boots on and get in the van!

Sadly, there was a very real lack of peace in my own heart.

So what is the deal with this angelic message from Luke 2:14? “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth PEACE…”

The beauty of Christmas, of the God-Man Christ coming to earth to be born of a virgin, to live a sinless life, to die on the cross for our sins, and ultimately to be raised from the dead to prove he had power over sin and death, was that through Christ PEACE on earth is possible.

Before Christ, attaining true and lasting peace was not even possible. But now, through Christ, we can choose to live in Him, and in His peace.

But it’s not automatic. We still have to choose Him. We still have to position ourselves to experience the peace that He bought for us.

Perhaps the Apostle Paul gave the most practical advice as to how we can experience this peace in a true and lasting way.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:8–9, ESV

This Christmas season, let us focus on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise. Let us put into practice what we have learned and received and heard and seen. And may we experience the peace of God in a profound way.

As we reach OUT with the love of Christ this Christmas, let’s not forget to reach IN and experience the love of Christ for ourselves.

We’ll see you next week on the Midweek Worship Connection. If you have any thoughts, feel free to share them in the comments section. Until them, may the Lord bless you, may He keep you, may He cause His face to shine upon you and give you peace.

Amen.

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