A WORLD AT PEACE

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A WORLD AT PEACE

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For lo, the days are hastening on by Prophet bards foretold When with the ever-circling years, Comes round the age of gold; When peace shall over all the earth Its ancient splendours fling, And all the world give back the song Which now the angels sing.

This verse is part of a Christmas carol and Christmas is a time when most people are full of good wishes and nice feelings. But wouldn’t it be wonderful if this carol came true; literally true? Wouldn’t it be amazingly wonderful to live in a world which is genuinely at peace! Men and women at peace with one another the whole world over! And people at peace within their own hearts and minds and, most importantly, at peace with God himself!

Is this just a pipe dream? Is it really a fanciful, idealistic notion which will never happen?

It is not!

God’s Great Plan

What we should really understand is that God is involved and will ultimately make it happen. He has already intervened in human affairs several times in order to move on His plan and to engage with us – so that we willingly become involved in working towards establishing His peace on the earth.

There was a major step forward 2000 years ago when God sent his Son into the world to make the clearest statement yet that He wishes all mankind to join Him in this master project to bring “peace on earth”.

In order to have peace we need strong and righteous government and that is what Jesus Christ will provide – remember he lived as a wandering preacher, died on the cross and rose again from the dead to ascend to glory in heaven. He is now about to return.

He is alive for ever so there will be no concerns about succession. He is currently recruiting men and women to support him in the new world order which he will establish when he returns. Look at these promises:

❖The angel to Mary:

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:30-33).

❖The words of Isaiah:

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever.  The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6–7).

❖The prophet Zechariah:

“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I am zealous for Zion with great zeal; with great fervor I am zealous for her.’  “Thus says the Lord: ‘I will return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, the Mountain of the Lord of hosts, the Holy Mountain.’ “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Old men and old women shall again sit In the streets of Jerusalem, each one with his staff in his hand because of great age. The streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets’” (Zechariah 8:2–5).

Great Promises

There are many more Bible passages which describe the new age of peace, but for now here’s a summary of what we’ve learned:

✔It is God’s plan to bring peace on earth

✔He has appointed Jesus Christ as his King who will rule from Jerusalem – the city of peace.

✔Jesus will establish a new world order in which ordinary men and women, old and young, live in peace and confidence side by side.

✔What is really important is that you can be a part of this wonderful project.

We could all be part of it. That is the Good News, the Gospel’s message for today.

Look again at these words of Jesus:

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).

‘Blessed’ means, ‘O the bliss of …’ or ‘How happy are ...’. God and the Lord Jesus Christ have given us the secret of finding true happiness in building a relationship with them – being at peace with them. We in our turn join in their plan for the world’s peace by sharing what we have learned with others. Thus the angel’s message at the birth of Jesus will be fulfilled and there will be:

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14).

Peace with God is something which we can enjoy now, but it’s greatest and gloriously fulfilment throughout all the world will only be achieved when Jesus comes again to rule as King over God’s Kingdom.

“Even so Come Lord Jesus” The prayer of John and the prayer of all True Bible Believers.

By David Nightingale

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