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About-Him.Com Devotional 12-05-2015

Peace, Peace, But There is no Peace  

Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind......  

Hosea spoke with the anointing of God to pronounce doom upon Israel. Just like ancient Israel, the nations of the western world have sown to the wind  and are reaping the whirlwind of God's judgment.  Seemingly everyday we are told of mass murder. The politicians and the media wring their hands for a solution, without ever mentioning the name of the Prince of Peace who shed His blood for the peace of mankind.  

One thing we never hear from our 24 hour media is that what we are facing is a spiritual battle between good and evil, the ways of God or the ways of satan. As people search for answers for what causes mass violence, they will never find the solution until they acknowledge that the source of all wars and strife is caused by the evil that resides in the heart of man.  

One thing is certain, this earth will never know peace, until Jesus sits on the throne of David and rules the nations of the world with a rod of iron.  
Jesus, Our Peace -Audio
Repeated from 12-20-2008  

We are all quite familiar with the text of Luke 2:10-14 where the angel of the Lord appeared to lowly shepherds and proclaimed good tiding of great joy, a Savior had been born in a stable in Bethlehem. He was none other than Christ the Lord, or more simply. God manifested in flesh. When the angel finished his announcement, the sky was filled with a heavenly host who proclaimed:  

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  

People today often ask, "Just where is this so-called peace?" Well, that’s a good question. We certainly don’t have peace between countries. There have only been a few years of recorded history that have been free from war. WWI was called, "The war to end all wars," but that didn’t happen. WWII started about twenty years later. When that ended, nations who had fought together, were soon fighting each other, and it continues right up to the present. So, were the angels just singing platitudes? Is the bible wrong? No! No!  

Isaiah the prophet, prophesied the birth of the coming Messiah who would be called the prince of peace.  

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

It’s pretty clear from this text that he is speaking of God Almighty coming to earth as a child to establish an everlasting kingdom.  

Jesus came to His own people and they crucified Him, instead of accepting His kingdom (John 1:10-11). However those who did receive Him were allowed the privilege to be born into that kingdom (John 1:12-13). Those who have experienced this new birth can readily tell you that they have experienced the peace of God that the angels sang about.  

Polycarp, an early church father, demonstrated the peace of God when he was offered a chance to escape being burned alive, if he would only deny Christ. Polycarp replied, "Eighty and six years have I served Christ, nor has He ever done me any harm. How, then, could I blaspheme my King who saved me? You threaten the fire that burns for an hour and then is quenched; but you know not of the fire of the judgment to come, and the fire of eternal punishment. Bring what you will." That is the type of peace that the angels sang of.  

Isaiah also prophesied that Jesus was chastised for our peace.  

Isaiah 53:5 But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  

The apostle Paul told us that Jesus made peace through the blood of His cross. Because of Him we have peace with God.   Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, [I say], whether [they be] things in earth, or things in heaven.  

This peace is a peace that the world can’t understand. As the song says, "The world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away."  

Jesus said:  

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Because we know the One who spoke peace to the wind and the storm (Mark 4:39), we have confidence that He is just as able to speak peace to the storms of our lives. We know that just as He heard the cry of a feeble blind man, He hears us. No, we weren’t promised a bed of roses, neither was He. Just as He accepted His future saying, "Thy will be done," we can be at peace with God and march bravely to the future, come what may.  

All because of our Savior, the Prince of Peace, who purchased peace for us by the blood of His cross.  

So friend, if you are looking for peace, look beyond the babe in the manger to the Christ on the cross, and you will indeed receive the peace of God, the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). And then as the TV pitchmen are fond of saying, Wait there's more." There’s heaven! Peace forever more with Jesus.   

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 "He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy, He the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute." - Augustine

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