Peace On Earth?

While suicide bombings and kidnappings capture the headlines and terrorize innocent people, let us pause to reflect on the nature of the Messiah. How different this world could be under his rule!
Isaiah introduced the peaceful nature of the Messiah’s reign with powerful images: “For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle, and garments rolled in blood, will be used for burning and fuel of fire” (Isaiah 9:5, NKJV). They would be burned because there would be no more use for them. The images are similar to some used earlier in the book of prophecy: “He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4). Resources formerly devoted to warfare could now be given to agriculture. What wonderful visions of peace!
This peaceful era would be no coincidence; it would be the result of the Messiah’s will. He is described as “Prince of Peace … Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end” (Isaiah 9:6,7). When nations submit to the will of the Lord’s Anointed, life as God has always envisioned it can be realized.
Few who will read this article will be in a position to influence world events. But as a once-popular song declared, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” Is there any hope for peace on earth until those who claim to be subjects of Christ practice it in their lives?
“Blessed are the peacemakers,” Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount, “for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). The admonition is echoed often in the epistles. 2 Corinthians 13:11 is an example: “Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”
It is the will of God that Christians practice peace with one another. In our small spheres on this planet, will the Prince of Peace hold sway? How we wish that peoples of other religions could understand the peace of God as we do! But if our individual lives were scrutinized as examples of how people can live together, would non-Christians be convinced?
“And suddenly there was with the angels a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!'” (Luke 2:13,14) Has this peaceful ruler taken control in my life?

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