Whenever international tragedy strikes, the discussion of world peace reignites. Each person espouses their own vision of peace, which collides, sometimes violently, with the ideals of their friends and neighbors.
More gun control. Less gun control. Better school systems. Stronger military presence. More government assistance. Less government interference. Feed the hungry. Fight the hostile.
And on and on it goes.
The mistaken assumption is that any human effort will bring about peace on this earth. Peace on earth and mercy mild only comes from God and sinners being finally reconciled. This is what we celebrate at Christmas time. The day of peace is in the hands of the Lord alone.
The prophet Isaiah spoke of this day:
It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be lifted up above the hills;
and all the nations shall flow to it,
and 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 the law,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and shall decide disputes for many peoples;
and 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 anymore.
This day is coming, and it is coming quickly. The world will voluntarily disarm out of sheer adoration of its rightful King. Don’t forget this day this Christmas. Let it be at the forefront of your minds and hearts. Jesus had this day in mind when He stepped out of heaven into human history. He came to make this day possible.
What a glorious day!