There is a marked difference between the newsflash proclaimed by the choir of angels that glorious night in Bethlehem and CNN’s latest headlines.
Upon His birth, the angels cried out “peace and goodwill to men” and the Scripture itself boldly proclaims,
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.Isaiah 9:6 KJV
But instead of global peace, the past 2,000 years have been marked by countless eras of conquest, two world wars, and, more recently, an era of global terrorism. We are left with the question:
What Went wrong?
The answer? Nothing and everything.
First, the fault doesn’t lay with God. Remember that when Christ (the Prince of Peace) came to the world, He was rejected. Then, He was turned down by His own people; now He is mocked and reviled by the world. Be it in a nation, a marriage or an individual’s heart, there can be no peace if God is left out of the equation.
We’ve excluded Christ from our schools, our political platforms and—in too many cases—from our churches. As a result, every aspect of our global society is honey-combed with fear and failure.
In a sense, society is like a man who took out the engine of his Mercedes Benz and then wondered why the car wasn’t going anywhere. It’s a beautiful car but without that critical missing part (Christ) there’s no progress toward the elusive dream of world peace.
Second, although Christ is the Prince of Peace, His physical Kingdom couldn’t be built when He was born because there was more Bible prophecy that had to be fulfilled. The past 2,000 years have been building toward the great climax that lays just before the world’s civilizations.
Literally hundreds of prophetic words have been lifted from the pages of the Bible and written on the pages of world newspapers. Still a few more linger before the Prince of Peace takes up His throne.
Then—and only then—will the dream of world peace become reality.
If Christ isn’t the ruler of your life, make today the day that the Prince of Peace starts His reign in your heart. Let His Word be born in the manger of your heart.
I know by personal experience that you’ll never regret it.
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Walk in peace,
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