Isaiah 9:6, “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
The Elusive State
From November, 1921, to February, 1922, Britain, France, and the United States met in Washington, D.C. and agreed to limit naval armaments. European statesmen followed that conference with their own at Locarno, Italy in 1925, to guarantee Germany’s sovereignty against French adventuring (emphasis added). They sponsored German membership in the League of Nations and pledged further disarmament. The “spirit of Locarno” enthralled optimists who believed a new milestone had been reached on the road to peace. Still aglow with hope, statesmen met again in Paris in 1928 to sign a pact outlawing war. After ages of conflict, twentieth-century statesmen had deciphered the combination to peace on earth!
Really? Over a hundred wars have been fought since World War II ended. No state is more elusive in humanity than the state of peace!
When angelic hosts praised God in the presence of the shepherds, they promised that Bethlehem’s baby would reveal the glory of God and bring peace to those on earth who accepted His favor. Even as the angels spoke, the pax romana – Roman peace – existed. But God rejected that peace, human in origin and enforced with weapons, and offered lasting peace within to all who accept Christ. Pax romana is Locarno and Paris and Geneva and Washington – all the world’s capitals whose goal is military peace. “Peace among those on whom his favor rests” is God’s peace – the peace of forgiveness, reconciliation, and the righteousness. This peace military might can never give!
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
There are interests by the sacrifice of which peace is too dearly purchased. One should never be at peace to the shame of his own soul-to the violation of his integrity or of his allegiance to God. – Chapin
If you carefully fulfill the various duties of life, from a principle of obedience to your heavenly Father, you shall enjoy that peace which the world cannot give nor take away. – Samuel Adams
An effective organization for world peace will be established not through political diplomats around a peace table, but through Christian teachers in all lands, teaching citizens in Sunday School and public school the sacredness of human life. – Price
I could not live in peace if I put the shadow of a willful sin between myself and God. – Eliot