It’s a snow day! The roads in Dallas are iced over which means mostly everybody spent all day at home doing nothing! These kind of chill days are wonderful to me because I actually have a good amount of time to read, think, chill.
So tonight (or today??) at 1am, I was reading a book and this particular scripture was briefly mentioned which sent me on a rabbit trail of discovery. I was mind-blown and wanted to call someone to talk about my findings but realized, “Kandis, it’s 1am, ain’t nobody up trying to discuss deep things about the Bible right now!”
So here I am, writing it all out! I’m gonna do the “short” version cause I’m still digging into it all, just want to share what the Lord has revealed so far. It’s sooooo good!!!
Ok, so Christmas is fast approaching and with Christmas comes all the season’s songs. One popular song amongst Christians is called, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” Here are a few lines of the lyrics:
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.”
So from the sounds of this song’s lyrics, most would assume that Jesus came to bring peace on earth, right? Not a trick question, I thought it too, up until tonight. Heck! I’ve even prayed for peace on earth, but peep this!
In Matthew 10:34, Jesus says, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
What Jesus? A sword? Ummm…didn’t you say if you live by the sword you die by the sword? Aren’t we supposed to be a non-violent movement? And what about this peace on earth this song says you’re bringing?
Check this out! It’s sooo good!
The greek word for “sword” used in this Matthew 10 scripture is μάχαιρα (machaira) which is a large knife used for killing animals and cutting up flesh. This word is a derivative of the word μάχη (machē) which means a fight or combat.
Stay with me peeps!
Jesus said to His disciples that He didn’t come to this earth to bring peace, but to cut and kill some stuff! He came to start a fight! To instigate! Don’t believe me, just watch! (I did not just used a 2 Chainz reference…shameful.)
Luke 2:14 says,”Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
The peace that Jesus brought to earth is not peace on or for the earth, but “peace to those on whom His favor rests.”
I’ll break it down in short.
There will never be peace on this earth.
A hopeless statement, I know. But here’s the hope! There is peace for those who are in Christ Jesus while we are on the earth!
Ephesians 2:14 Amplified versions says, “For He Himself is our Peace (our bond of unity and harmony). He has made us both [Jew and Gentile] one [body], and has broken down (destroyed and abolished) the hostile dividing wall between us.”
Jesus came to earth to bring peace and unity between Jew and Gentile. He came to cleanse and separate us from our sins individually, and He came to unify the church (or body of believers) collectively.
And how did He do this? By the sword! He fought for our deliverance, peace, and unity, not for the earth as a whole, but for us as individuals!
He fought against temptation, greed, pride, selfishness, every sin that exists; he fought the devil face-to-face and then took the plight of it all as if He was guilty.
1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.”
So the Christmas story is really that Jesus came to earth to fight and suffer so that He could bring us to God. And that victory that Jesus secured belongs to all who believe in Him as Christ Jesus, our reigning King, Lord, Redeemer, and Savior.
So what does this mean for us?
It means that we will absolutely most definitely encounter unsettling things on this earth for as long as it exists. There’s no reversing this curse on this earth, however it will be redeemed. This earth, as it is, will not have total peace however, we as believers, CAN have peace in the midst of the mayhem.
I could totally go deeper and dig into the connections this all has with the keys to the Kingdom and Satan having dominion over the earth, the meaning of “Heaven on Earth”, and Jesus’ 2nd coming and the New Heaven and New Earth…I could totally go there, but I’ll refrain and hopefully get the opportunity to study and prepare this all as a message to share someday.
Until then, I’ll just leave you with this prayer of blessing found in 2 Thessalonians 3:16:
As we deal with the wackness, uncertainties, and evil in this world, “May the Lord of Peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.”