Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Know God; Know Peace

As we approach Christmas we begin to here the passage from Isaiah 9:6 quoted and sung quite often. Of course, this is a declaration of the coming messiah – Jesus Christ.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6
So Jesus is the Prince of Peace. What does that mean? Was his mission to bring peace to the world? Well, yes and no. Take a look at what Jesus has to say regarding this topic:
Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law - a man's enemies will be the members of his own household. – Matthew 10:34-36
Jesus doesn’t sound like he is living up to his title of the Prince of Peace. What is going on here? His statement recorded in John 14 provides some clarification.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27
So, what kind of peace is Jesus talking about and what kind of peace is he offering? It is evident that it is not social, political, or even relational peace. Rather, he is talking about a “peace that passes all understanding” that is experienced in ones inner being. A peace that comes as a result of being reconciled with God and that produces a clear conscience. You’ve seen the bumper stickers; “know God, know peace.”

This peace isn't based on circumstances. If you know God, then you know this kind of real peace that is found nowhere else in the universe.

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