“He will proclaim peace to the nations”
“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
Our Messiah seems to love paradoxes.
Old Testament prophets spoke of the coming Messiah as one who would proclaim peace to the nations. However, once our Savior arrived in Jerusalem no peace seemed to come to the Israelites. Or at least not the peace they had expected. They continued to live under the rule of other nations, enduring persecution throughout the centuries. Where was the peace that the Old Testament prophets had spoken of? Were they all lying to us? Was Jesus lying to us? After all, he didn’t depart to heaven leaving behind him an earth full of peaceful people.
I get disillusioned when I look around at the world and my own life—seeing plenty of areas that are fraught with things that look nothing like peace. I long for comfort, but then I realize that comfort doesn’t equal a deeper knowledge of the Savior and what He came to bring.
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Only in heaven will we have true comfort and peace. As long as we are on this earth we will struggle against the powers of the devil and our flesh. However, these momentary struggles within our personal lives and the times of unrest in the world are meant to draw us to the Savior. He came to bear the weight of our sins in the most un-peaceful and uncomfortable way so that we might ultimately have peace. Peace in full measure. Peace completely undeserved.
“Peace means giving oneself completely to God’s commandment, wanting no security, but in faith and obedience laying the destiny of the nations in the hand of Almighty God”