Peace on Earth
“Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now.
Lyrics by Jill Jackson & Mark Miller
Isaiah 9:6, 7
Numbers 6:24-27 The Priestly Blessing
God loves everyone and would never do anything to harm anyone, even his enemies. God is patient, kind, and tolerant of those who oppose him and do not believe in him. God is a forgiving person and wants his followers to be the same. Jesus, the Son of God, endured the Cross as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
1st Corinthians 14:33
Galatians 5:22, 23
But then, there are these words spoken by Jesus:
So then, Jesus, which is it? Are you really a man of peace?
Jesus was really not the ‘nice guy’ that we think of in terms of being ‘nice.’ Sure, it was really ‘nice’ that Jesus loves us, that he died on the Cross, but he nearly always ‘rocked the boat’ wherever he went, challenging people to think for themselves and to use their intellects. He had radical inclinations that did not include the ‘smooth things’ that people wanted to hear. Jesus called a spade a spade and did not mince words; he revealed truth instead. He went directly to the heart of the matter and did not waste time patronizing anyone. Jesus spoke with authority that upset the feelings of many to whom he spoke, and he himself became emotional at times. He was controversial in his speech and his actions, but left no doubt where he stood on issues. Jesus said strong words to those who needed it and was loving and courteous to his mother, but he still had his own thoughts and ideas. He spoke with convincing evidence as he went about his Father’s business of making God known, regardless of the danger involved doing so. Jesus fed people who had physical hunger with food; he fed people who had spiritual hunger with knowledge about God. He looked upon many with sadness because they didn’t believe what he said; he knew the harm caused by believing lies. Jesus saw the hazard and the tragedy caused by cruel, dominating religious people; he experienced the joy of just one person believing truth. He saw the futility of arguing and refrained from doing so, but he rejoiced when his disciples “believed at last” (John 16:31). Jesus willingly lets people decide for themselves whether to accept him or reject him based on the evidence being presented; he honors both decisions equally.
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