Friday, May 4, 2018

Prince of peace


Unless you don’t listen to, read, or watch the news you know that wars and rumors of wars are escalating rapidly in our world, just as Jesus said they would in Matthew 24:6. We see this happening today, especially in the middle east. If you’re one of those people who avoid the news, I can sympathize with you. At times, I’ve shut it out because it can be overwhelming and depressing.

This picture is hard to look at but it tells it like it is. We owe an eternal debt of gratitude to those who have fought for our freedom. Without their ultimate sacrifices, we wouldn’t have the freedom of religion or other freedoms that we have still have today in the United States. It saddens me that going to war is necessary in the first place. But unfortunately, as long as evil exists in this world, fighting for the freedom that we hold so dear will continue to be a necessary burden.

But here’s the good news. Jesus, the Prince of Peace is coming back to rule the earth one day and when He does, the world will finally experience true peace as prophesied by Isaiah.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty Go,, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
And also in the book of Revelation.
The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He will reign for ever and ever.”
Revelation 11:15 (NIV)
Unfortunately, things are going to get a lot worse before Christ returns to be the ruler of the world. Just read the book of Revelation, and you’ll see what I mean. But let me try to leave you on a positive note. Jesus will return for His church before things get really bad.
Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 (ESV)
Until then, please make sure that you’re ready for that day. Be sure to be doers of the word and not hearers only (James 1:22).  If you’ve accepted Christ as your savior but you’re not sure you’re really saved, if you’re not sure you’re living in obedience to God, then I recommend you read the book of James to see if your life reflects the life of a true Christian. You don’t want to be among those who profess to be a Christian, and find themselves left behind.

If you’re already saved, please take someone with you. Share the good news of the gospel while there’s still time. If you’re not saved yet, please make the decision to trust and obey Jesus today before it’s too late.

My prayers go out to all who have lost loved ones who died in battle while defending their nation. May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding be with you as you reflect on their sacrifice.

God bless,
Daniel

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