Peace Where There Is No Peace

Norbert Lieth

When we listen to the news, we’ll see that world politics hasn’t progressed in terms of peace. We shouldn’t expect it to; quite the contrary. Peace is more than just the absence of war.

Mankind hasn’t become smarter or better over the centuries. The constant disturbances in our world show that we’ve learned nothing from history, and have in no way developed into anything supposedly “higher.” There are still cruel tyrants, unscrupulous dictators, ruthless political leaders, and nations which allow themselves to be misled. Therefore, it’s still the same today as in ancient Egypt, or in Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar; only the trappings have become more modern.

The prophet Isaiah was granted a vision from God, in which he saw a world where peace reigns. Interestingly, he perceived that the kingdom of peace was initiated and sustained by a son. Isaiah spoke prophetically of the son as the Prince of Peace, who is also God at the same time. He’s speaking of Jesus Christ: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isa 9:6-7).

The world is yearning and crying out for peace. Hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets for peace. They call for peace on Twitter, and on social networks and blogs. But how many of these peace activists have peace with God in their own hearts? How many of these protesters have peace in their own home, in their marriage and family? And how many of these peacemakers have workplace quarrels and troubles with their neighbors? Where does peace begin? In the White House in Washington, in the UN, in Brussels, in Israel, or in Syria?

Peace is based on righteousness, as the Bible teaches us: “And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever” (Isa 32:17). Only where righteousness is fulfilled will peace become possible. Where there is no righteousness, there can never be lasting peace. The world is miles away from peace because it is still dominated by unrighteousness.

But what is righteousness? Jesus Christ Himself is righteousness personified, as it is written: “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Cor 1:30). Consequently, true and lasting peace is only possible in Jesus Christ.

Only with the return of the Lord in power and glory will righteousness and peace reign in Israel and the rest of the world. This is what Peter tells us in his

second letter: “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Pet 3:13).

Rainer Zelewske gets to the heart of the matter:

“When will there finally be peace? When the last missile is scrapped, will there finally be peace?

Then there will be peace at last: When people understand that it isn’t the weapons at all, but they themselves, who are the strife.

Then there will be peace at last: When Jesus, the Prince of Peace, can make peace in our hearts.”

News from Israel - 01/2019

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