Week 2: Peace
Light the second purple candle in the Advent Wreath.
If hope has a different meaning in the Bible then it does in the world, then peace also has a different meaning. Jesus talked a lot about the peace He came to give. His peace isn’t the absence of conflict, war, or trials, but it is a calm assurance that Christ is in control even when the world around us is in chaos.
Talk to the children about how Jesus is called the Prince of Peace. He’s not called that because everything becomes peaceful when we get saved. He brings us peace in the midst of our troubles. Tell a story about a tragedy in your life and how God gave you peace in it when you trusted in Him.
Bible Story: For week two of advent, read Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-6; Matthew 1:18-24. Tell the story about Mary and Joseph. It must have been a scary time for them. Mary was in danger of being put to death because she allowed God to use her to bring His son into the world. Joseph trusted the angel in the dream and took Mary to be his wife. Then they had to travel to Bethlehem when Mary was about to give birth. Talk about the hardships they must have faced on the trail. Then they had to stay in a stable when the baby was born because there wasn’t any room at the inn. They didn’t have a doctor or a midwife or even Mary’s mother there. Neither Mary of Joseph knew what was going to happen, but they had peace in the midst of it because they trusted God.
Verses: All verses in the Advent Series are from the International Children’s Bible.
Isaiah 9:6-7: A child will be born to us. God will give a son to us. He will be responsible for leading the people. His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace. Power and peace will be in his kingdom. It will continue to grow. He will rule as king on David’s throne and over David’s kingdom. He will make it strong, by ruling with goodness and fair judgment. He will rule it forever and ever. The Lord of heaven’s armies will do this because of his strong love for his people.
Luke 2:13-14: Then a very large group of angels from heaven joined the first angel. All the angels were praising God, saying, Give glory to God in heaven, and on earth let there be peace to the people who please God.
Mark 4:39: And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
John 14:27: I leave you peace. My peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled. Don’t be afraid.
John 16:33: I told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have trouble. But be brave! I have defeated the world!