Sunday 8 November
Peace in the world
A TV production company once did a survey of 1000 children, asking them what they most wanted for Christmas.
Instead of wanting a new toy more than half of the youngest kids said what they wanted more than anything else was peace in the world!
Amongst the older children, two-thirds said world peace was the thing they wanted most!
On Remembrance Sunday we give thanks for those who went to war to bring us peace.
Wouldn't it be amazing if the whole world could live peacefully forever?
Well that's exactly what today's passage (below) promises will one day happen! Verse 3 says, "Nation will not take up sword against nation." No more war, no more fighting, no more bullying.
1 In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
and peoples will stream to it.
2 Many nations will come and say,
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.’
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
3 He will judge between many peoples
and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into ploughshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war any more.
Let's ask 3 questions...
1. Who will this peace affect?
v2 says "Many nations" will unite and be at peace with one another.
v3 says "nations far and wide".
This peace is international, it will affect the whole world.
2. When will peace come?
v1 says "the last days" - that's the time between Jesus' first and second coming... so now!!
This peace from God started breaking out when Jesus came to earth and it has slowly been spreading ever since every time a person becomes a Christian and learns to live at peace with others. One day it will go global.
3. How will peace come?
v2 says it is as people come to God's temple that they put down their weapons and stop fighting.
In the New Testament, Jesus says he is now God's temple. We no longer go to a place to meet God but a person. So it is as people come to Jesus, the Prince of Peace, that they too become peacemakers.
Dear heavenly Father, please may more people come to know Jesus so that peace can spread throughout this world. Please help me to be part of the solution by living a life of forgiveness, gentleness and love, because that is how you have treated me. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Why not colour this picture and stick it on your fridge.