Church of the Open Door


12/16: Arrival of Peace; by Dr. Glenn Jago

Arrival of Peace

Micah 5:2-9

Every treaty signed throughout world history always required a follow-up treaty for the next war. In 1919, the Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I, also necessitated the Paris Peace Treaty for World War II in 1947. What is the point of settlements when nothing ever changes regarding conflicts in the world? Everyone desires the absence of conflict, but no one is willing to set aside their driving passion for another. So, it seems apparent that peace in the world apart from the prince of peace is impossible.

Although the prophet Micah confronted Israel by announcing impending judgment, he also foretold of God sending the ruler, the Messiah, the greater King, who will come from the same insignificant city of Bethlehem as the lesser king, David. The Messiah will not offer a temporary peace, but rather His arrival guarantees reconciliation not only between all nations but also between God and humanity.

In the multitude of promises for a happy life, it is unfortunate that what it produces is only deeper enslavement to fleshly desires. Here are three actions performed by God that guarantee the arrival of peace.

Actions:

  1. God’s prediction – Micah 5:2-3; Matt. 2:5-6
  2. God’s protection – Micah 5:4-6
  3. God’s preservation – Micah 5:7-9

Affirmations:

  1. Jesus Christ is our Shepherd – Heb. 13:20-21
  2. Jesus Christ is our Sovereign – 1 Pet. 3:22
  3. Jesus Christ is our Savior – Revelation 5:9-10

 

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