Blessed are the peacemakers…


Isaiah 2:2 In days to come
the mountain of the Lord’s house  shall be established as the highest of the mountains,  and shall be raised above the hills;  all the nations shall stream to it.  3 Many peoples shall come and say,  “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,  to the house of the God of Jacob;  that he may teach us his ways  and that we may walk in his paths.”  For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,  and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  4 He shall judge between the nations,  and shall arbitrate for many peoples;  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 any more.

What a wonderful prophetic vision. Isaiah describes a time when there will be peace among nations. How? All nations will have acknowledged the one true God who will “judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples…”. No need to go to war to work out differences, just come before the Lord and receive justice. No more killing. No more spending trillions of dollars on defense. Instead we can feed and clothe ALL people. And I do mean ALL people.

Fat chance.

This may sound like I have no faith, but I’m pretty sure this is more of an eschatological (end times) vision than an actual earthly prediction. Human hearts have such capacity for hate and greed and violence it’s hard to imagine a world without war. That said, we who are followers of Jesus don’t have to wait for end times to get about the business of making peace. In the sermon on the mount Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.” 

That’s what we are. You and me. Children of God. As such we carry the Spirit of the living God in our hearts. We are “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20) called to represent Jesus our Messiah. Part of that calling is making peace whenever we can. I think the Lord is challenging me to see where I can make peace today. Doesn’t have to be a big deal, but many people doing small things with great love can change the world.

Lord Jesus let it be so. Amen.

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