Clinging onto God's promise of perfect peace
It’s hard to imagine a world without war. It’s all that we’ve ever known. For centuries, nations have been waring against one another for power, territory and resources, which have resulted in the loss of countless lives. Today, disputes amongst countries and groups of people continue to end in violence, death and war. Is it even possible to imagine a time without war? The Bible speaks of such a time in the coming future where war will be a thing of the past and universal peace will finally be achieved—not by human efforts but by the Saviour.
“He shall judge between the nations,
and shall decide disputes for many peoples;
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 anymore.”
In the book of Isaiah, we encounter an almost unfathomable promise from God—a coming age of perfect peace for all of mankind. The prophet Isaiah foreshadows the Millennial reign of Christ, where Jesus himself will descend from heaven and establish His throne in Jerusalem and reign forevermore in the presence of His chosen people. As the Prince of Peace whose blood was shed for us, He alone has the power to bring true peace to the world and indeed restore justice, freedom and righteousness to our fallen world.
During the earthly reign of Christ, war will be utterly unknown. Not a single soldier will have to fight in battle, not a single weapon or war machine will be produced and not a cent will be spent to train soldiers for combat. Instead, mankind will lay down their destructive weapons of war and take up plows and agricultural tools to be put to better use. In that time, Jesus the Messiah will rule with righteous authority in Zion, providing freedom from all war and His people will seek to follow His perfect ways.
Until the blessed day of the Lord’s return, war and its destructive impact continue to be a dark reality that touches our lives today. Because of sin, freedom and peace come at a high cost. Throughout human history, many have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving up their lives so that we may enjoy the freedoms that we have today. On Remembrance Day, we pay special tribute to our fallen soldiers, our veterans and their families whose brave sacrifices are greatly honoured and appreciated. As Christians, may we continue to pray for peace in our world and cling onto the hopeful promise of perfect peace that is to come through Jesus Christ’s return.
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