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December 23, 2005

Peace on Earth?

Some thoughts on Christmas and peace.
We all want it, but will the earth ever have true and lasting peace?
In his first advent, Jesus Christ did not come to bring peace, but when he comes again all things, powers, principalities, thrones and dominions will be forever under his feet and peace, the perfect peace, will be ours. We haven't reached the fullness of the peace He promised, but through struggle, His peace will prevail on the earth.
In perhaps what is one of the great paradoxes of scripture, the Prince of Peace himself says that he didn't come to bring peace, but division.
Matthew 10:34 "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
Luke 12:51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.
Truth will always divide because those who dispise it will try to stifle or kill it.

But to His followers, Jesus promised a supernatural peace not like the fragile fantasies of the world.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
His promised peace is the comfort that He will return for us, to take us away after we have suffered the scorn and ridicule of the world, endured and remained faithful to Him. That's what we live for. Christmas is a reminder that we should remain committed to the cause of Christ, no matter what the world says or does. The baby is now King and He regins forever. Wishing you the joy of knowing Him.

Perspectives will return December 27.

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