The Promise of Peace
JOHN SHIRK – The promise of peace is found in Micah 5 of the Old Testament. Verse 4 refers to the one who will be ruler over Israel, the one who would be born in Bethlehem. The LORD says, “He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be their peace.”
Peace and security. That is the yearning of Israel today, and not just Israel, but many nations today. Jesus is described by the prophet Isaiah as the Prince of Peace. He is also the One who was born in Bethlehem. He is uniquely qualified to give us a secure peace with God today and put us in a place of heavenly peace forever. A day is coming when the nations will find relief from war. Swords will be turned into plowshares, and Jesus will be the One who puts away the weapons of warfare permanently. Right now, armed conflict continues among the nations, but we can serve as peacemakers by proclaiming the good news of great joy for all the people: A Savior has been born to us. He is Christ the Lord. He is the reason for Christmas.
That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.