He is our Peace
Micah 5: 5a
December 19th & 21st, 2009
When the judge asks the beauty contestant the proverbial “If there was one thing you desire in this world, what it be,” and she responds “world peace”, we snicker at this simplistic answer. Bumper stickers which say “visualize world peace” seem so out of step with reality. The utopian (perfect) versions of peace advocated by Peace Nics and various hippies during the 1960’s also seem hopelessly naïve. Peace in our lives??? We might say, yea right! With the hustle and bustle of the season, the bickering kids, the colicky infant, the overbearing boss, the relative that always throws a crimp in the family celebrations, the great rift between former friends and neighbors, peace???……let’s be honest…… nice thought, but not very realistic. After all we know the bible says we will have wars and rumors of wars. Which means both global and worldwide peace will simply not be seen during our life on this planet. Yet, we think “if we can get momentary peace, that’ll be enough.” The question is…. will it?
When I heard that story, I thought “how wonderful, a picture of what God has in store for his people”. However, upon further reflection, this peace is not what is being spoken of in Micah 2:5a. He writes and “He shall be their peace”. In other words, the peace which Micah predicts is not so much a momentary glimpse into the so called better sides of humanity. He is not advocating those occasional moments of peace we all want to recreate, and even crave. Rather than talking about peace as an experience, he says peace is in a person. In other words Jesus would not just give peace, he is peace. Just like Jesus does not just give love, he is love. Jesus does not just personify light, he is light. A light in this very dark world.
is a person. Peace is the God/Man Jesus Christ. In Ephesians 2: 14 God says he himself is
our peace. How does this peace happen? Colossians 1:19-20 says “For God was pleased
to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself
all things whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace
through his blood, shed on the cross.”
This blood, this real blood, shed
on your behalf and on my behalf is the way God has made peace between himself
and a humanity has gone and is going astray.
Romans 5:1 says “Therefore since
we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God”. On
The peace that comes our way from God….the peace for sinners…….the peace for those whose lives are anything but peaceful….. Is a lasting peace that is just a real for the soldier fraternizing with the enemy in 1914, as the soldier looking over the devastation of war and fighting on in Christmas of 1917. Why? Because it is a peace that is embodied in the person of Jesus, and now bestowed upon those who trust he who is the Prince of Peace. We Christians sing and confess peace on earth even when conflicts abound around us. We can do so boldly and confidently for even when, these Christmas truce kind of moments end, we still have the one who is Peace. Amen.