Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children by the Lord. Mathew 5:9

 

Dear reader,

 

Jimmy Carter, the 39th US President, quoted former President Thomas Jefferson on the last day in office in 1981 in his diary with these words:  “I have the consolation to reflect that during the period of my administration not a drop of the blood of a single citizen was shed by the sword of war.” And he added: This is something I shall always cherish.

 

Unfortunately, blood has been shed since the beginning of mankind. We are currently experiencing this in many parts of the world, especially in Syria. The UN repeatedly tries to prevent the escalation of conflicts through peacekeeping missions. In 1992, the UN Security Council even classified terrorism as a threat to world peace.

 

The people who listened to Jesus knew nothing about world peace. The Roman emperors at this time Augustus, Tiberius or Caligula then dominated the ancient world with their military presence. Jesus preaches to people whose lives are shaped by the Roman occupying forces. He talks to them about his peace mission. They are told to become peacemakers, these simple farmers and sheep breeders, fishermen and greengrocers, men, women, children, old and young. He puts it into their hearts to be a peacemaker.

 

Maybe some of these people asked themselves: Why does he talk to us like this?  This message should be addressed to the rulers in Jerusalem or in Rome! It is there where decisions are made about war and peace. My voice is not heard. My opinion doesn´t count!

 

I think Jesus sees it very differently. He speaks to them as the Prince of Peace whom the prophet Isaiah has long foretold (Isaiah 9, 4 – 6): “For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. For the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end. He will rule on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.”

 

Jesus Christ is this Prince of Peace. He does not start his peace mission with the powerful, but with people like you and me. Peace should begin with us and through us. We should make peace.

You probably know the institution of a foundation. Foundations exist almost everywhere in the world. In Germany, a foundation is an "institution which, with the help of a fortune, pursues a purpose determined by the founder". In other words, someone donates a capital investment in order to fulfill a specific purpose. That's exactly what Jesus does. He donates a fortune for the purpose of He has given this spiritual fortune with the Beatitudes: to those who come to God empty-handed and have their hands and their hearts filled from Him. He bestows us with his comfort, with his assistance through the power of the Holy Spirit. He provides us with gentleness, justice and a pure heart, together with  courage for gentle and non-violent leadership. This is the spiritual foundation capital that he wants to provide to every human being. In Mathew 7: 7 + 8 he says: „Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

 

This door for becoming a peacemaker is therefore open to everyone. We just have to come to Jesus Christ and ask Him. Jesus himself is this door that is open to everyone (John 10:11) “I am the door: by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved.”

 

Jesus invites you and me to become peacemakers in the place where we live and work. For the people we live with. We should actively create peace in our families, with neighbors, in the workplace. Also in our communities and in our church.

 

You may not get the Nobel Peace Prize for this. But Jesus Christ assures you to become a true child of God as a peacemaker. You will be a blessed person! You will be able to give others the inner peace that Jesus gives to you. Therefore: use your foundation capital today: comfort, meekness, compassion, justice. Help to bring the peace of God to other people. Help to counter the strife in your city, your family, your church with the peace of God. There is plenty of spiritual capital at your disposal.

 

 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Amen. (Philippians 4:7)

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