Matthew 5:9; Various
Matthew 5:9; Various
Date: Friday, July 17, 2020
Good evening and welcome to BCCC and our nightly devotional study.
When I look in the world today, more than ever, I know that we need peace. It’s bad enough that there are wars going on but add to that covert actions, terrorism, political and civic unrest and you have a real mess. Throw in gang wars, cartel assaults, riots, and violent protest and you’ve got a world that is tearing itself apart by the seams.
The seventh blessing addresses this. Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Jesus pronounced this and the other blessings on the crowd who assembled to hear him speak during the Sermon on the Mount. These blessings or “Beatitudes” bring a spiritual joy from God into our hearts and floods them with His joy and love that should overflow to others. This joy is not dependent on circumstances or happenings but it flows from deep down in our hearts.
Jesus came to bring peace. Our very sin and impurity keeps us from having a relationship with God. Our rebellion and stubborn hearts have declared war on God. Jesus is the peacemaker who came to pay the ransom for sins. He signed the ultimate peace treaty between God and man with his blood that he shed for us on Calvary. He finalized this peace treaty with a triumphant entry, his return from the grave.
The angels proclaimed this peace treaty in great splendor as they filled the skies on the day Jesus was born. They sang, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests” (Lk 2:14).
Jesus came to bring peace between men and God. But this message also brought unrest in families, in the synagogues and temple, in the political courts across the land. This is because there are always those who reject this message and try to destroy those who proclaim it. Ultimate peace and rest on the earth won’t come until the end… in the kingdom of heaven.
But the peace that Jesus brings also has a way of calming our hearts and minds (Ph 4:7). When you know you have peace with God other things don’t seem to bother you as much. There just a dot in the scheme of all eternity… not worth the worry. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” and “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jn 14:27; 16:33).
But in this blessing Jesus takes that a bit further. Because we have received peace with God through Jesus Christ, He wants us to take that peace to others too. Jesus wants us to declare the good news of peace to others throughout the earth.
In the ancient days, the good news of peace was delivered by runner who would have to carry the message over all kinds of terrain to bring the message. The apostle Paul shares this allusion when he states, “As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” in Romans 10. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. The peace treaty is for everyone who will accept it.
But beside sharing the good news of peace with others we are supposed to do everything within our power to live at peace with others without compromising our faith. (Ro 12:18; 1 Co 7:15; 2 Co 13:11; 1 Tm 2:2; He 12:14).
Sometimes that means getting between to people who are waging war against each other and helping them to reconcile. In this world of conflict, you are Christ Ambassador, helping others to live in peace too.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear God of peace, Our world is in chaos and turmoil. People just can’t seem to get along. Help us to be your ambassadors of peace bringing the good news message of Jesus Christ to others. Help us to live at peace with those around us. Thank you for the peace that we have found in Jesus. In Jesus name we pray. AMEN!
“Good night and God bless you.”