Peace on Earth
Chaplain Bertram Bobb
Many are unsure of the way of life we are living and ask, “Where can we find this Peace?” When we are upset, depressed, and discouraged, where can we find peace?
Peace for the world will be found only in the Lord Jesus Christ. The prophet Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 9:6: “…and his name shall be called… The Prince of Peace.”
In the same sentence in Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah wrote: “…and the government shall be upon his shoulder…”
Genesis 1:1 of our Holy Bible begins with “In the beginning, God…”
The gospel of John 1:1 begins: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Jesus Christ was the Word and the Word became flesh. We read in John 1:14: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
Our Lord Jesus Christ was marked from the beginning of time to reign. When He comes again, He will come as the sovereign. Sovereign means that whatever He says or does is final; He answers to no one.
The Lord Jesus Christ came to die on the cross for our sins. He bought us back with His precious shed blood. He went to Heaven and today He sits at the right hand of God the Father and He is coming back.
The question of who shall rule has been the cause of all our conflicts. 1) Who shall rule in Heaven? 2) Who shall rule in Earth? 3) Who shall rule in the hearts of men?
Two of these questions have already been answered: God ruling in Heaven. He does so now, Jesus said in Matthew 6:9-10: “After this manner therefore pray ye: our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in Earth as it is in Heaven.”
God’s will is done in Heaven; this is settled. God rules in Heaven, and God shall rule on Earth. He has given His son the right to rule on the Earth. He has given to His son the right to rule on the Earth when He comes the second time. The Scriptures declare in Isaiah 2:3-4:
“And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
“And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; 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 any more.”
But peace is not due until the Prince of Peace comes. What are we doing today?
We are doing right the opposite. We prepare for wars. At that time we shall beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks. We will prepare for peace, because the Prince of Peace will be here and ruling with a rod of iron.
Jesus Christ is not only appointed to reign on Earth, but is also appointed to reign in the hearts of men.
Christ did not come to take away our joy, to work hardship on us or to make us slaves of fear and men whose hearts are full of misery. He came that He might reign in our hearts to give us peace, to make us joyful, happy people. Isn’t that what we are really for?
The apostle Paul wrote to the Romans in Romans 5:1: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We read in Isaiah 26:3: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Let us not make the mistake of trying to find peace, until by trusting in the Prince of Peace, we allow Him to reign in our hearts. This is God’s remedy for all the problems of the heart.
Do you go to church and sing the songs of life, while deep in your heart you know that you have never accepted His invitation to come to Jesus and live?
The church will not give us peace, and I believe in the church with all of my heart. But we cannot go to church forever and sing its songs and go through all the religious rites and still not find peace. The church was not crucified for us. It did not shed its blood as a sinless sacrifice that we might be redeemed from sin; Jesus did that. Nothing else and no one else can bring peace into the human heart.
Listen to Isaiah in Isaiah 57:20-21: “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”
Only those who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior find peace with God, and it is necessary to commit our life to Jesus Christ as the ruler of our lives in order to experience daily peace of heart.
When you come to Christ, the Holy Spirit will give you joy and peace in the midst of your trials and troubles.
Have you invited Jesus Christ to come into your heart? Would you like to have Him? You can start now, by being willing to give up your sins and by receiving Jesus in simple, childlike faith. Will you do that?
Continue to pray for America, pray for our leaders, pray for our brave men and women in our armed services. God bless you.