Peace on Earth ?

Luke 2:8-14 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold,  an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. " And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth Peace, Goodwill toward men!”

Many say "if Jesus came to bring peace on earth, then why is there still so much turmoil, anger, and violence in the earth? Why do people still want to kill each other?

First, we need to understand that the heavenly host did not say that Jesus was bringing peace to the earth (at least not right now), but the heavenly host said that "He was bringing On Earth- Peace and Good will toward men. 

The main reason Jesus came was to express the Love and Good Will of the Father and to bring His Peace on earth, to all who would believe the Good News! and the good news is that Jesus came to save us or to rescue us from sin and from our own self destruction.

The Bible says that when Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Romans 5:12.

Sin spread like a virus and infected the entire human race. Every person on the earth has been infected by the sin of Adam. The only antidote for sin is Jesus. Jesus came to save us from sin.

Now most religion will teach that man in essence can save himself. Religion teaches that if man will work real hard that he can somehow balance the scales and make things right with God, but grace teaches the very opposite. Grace teaches that man could never reach God or save himself  by any good work that he could ever do and Grace teaches that our right standing with God can never be achieved, but can only be received as a gift.

If man could save himself then Christ died in vain. Man could not save himself, so God intervened and sent us Jesus.

Listen , the big problem with works is that no amount of good works could ever change our sin nature.

I mean, you can take a pig and wash the mud off and put a bow on it's head, but it's still by nature a pig! Man's problem was not just an external one , it was an internal one. Man by nature was a sinner and needed a new nature. Jesus not only came to forgive our sins, but He also came to give us a new heart and a new nature.

 No amount of religious effort could change our nature, In fact religion will often make a person meaner and even angrier. Much of the violence that we are witnessing today is a direct result of people involved in religion.

The Pharisees were very religious, they knew the book but they did not know the author of the book. 

Grace teaches that we could never save ourselves so it says "quit trying and start trusting."  

Grace teaches that God loved us so much that He sent his only Son to jump into this world to save us, but we must choose to reach out beyond our own self effort and cling to Him.

John 3;16  says "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." We cannot save ourselves, Jesus is the only one who has the power to save.

We must learn to rightly divide the word of truth, Jesus never promised peace on the earth, but He did promise to give His peace for those who would believe the good news and to those that would trust that He was sent as a savior for the entire world! but for those who refuse to believe there never will be any real peace.

Jesus only promised peace on the earth, to those who would believe in Him and who would receive Him. 

Jesus said " Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27

As far as Peace on Earth, Jesus said the very opposite would take place, especially in the last days!

Jesus  said before He returns there would be a whole lot of unrest, division, wars, strife  and out right chaos!  In the last days there will be little peace in the earth. 

Matthew 24:3  Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.

In these last days, we are going to be seeing everything but peace on the earth!, in fact we are going to see more and more chaos! I mean the world seems to be unraveling very fast right now!

But Jesus promised that in the midst of all this turmoil and fear, that He had a peace to give us that does not come from this world, it only comes from Him! Its a supernatural peace. This peace is actually a fruit of the Spirit. 

Now again, Jesus also said something else that seems almost contradictory.

Matthew 10:34-36  Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’

Whats this all about?  Where"s the promise of peace here? Wheres all the Love? an entire household divided against each other ? and what's the deal with the sword ? 

Where is our friendly neighborhood Jesus in all of this?

 Again we must learn how to rightly divide the word  of truth and read everything in context. 

Jesus was explaining that when you receive Him not everyone is going to be your friend! 

Why? because of the conflict between light and darkness, before Christ you were in darkness, but after you receive Christ, you are now in the light. 

Many will not be happy about your conversion to Christ, even those in your own household will come against you. Why? because  there is no fellowship between light and darkness. You are walking one way and they are walking another way. 

So whats up with the sword? What sword did Jesus bring? Well its not what you think. Its not like a Lord of the rings sword, where Jesus starts swinging and hacking off body parts.  

Remember when Peter thought He would help Jesus out by cutting off the ear of one guy that came to arrest Jesus ? Jesus told Peter "Put up your sword" and then Jesus put the guys ear back on his head.

 The sword that Jesus was speaking of was not a physical sword, but a spiritual sword, it was the sword the of the Spirit and the word of God.

Ephesians 6 tells us to take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

The reason the world sill lacks peace is because the only real peace can only be found in Jesus. Peace is not found in stuff, or money or even in physical relationships. True peace olny comes when we choose to receive the Prince of Peace, who is Jesus.

No comments:

Post a Comment