JOHN 14: 27
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JESUS CHRIST, "the Prince of Peace," knowing His followers would
be aliens in an antagonistical society said, "Peace I leave with
you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world gives do I give
to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be
afraid" (John 14: 27).
At His birth an angelic messenger said, "Peace on earth, good
will toward men..." Cynics scoffed at such an idea. Mockery is
still made of the idea. Misanthropist delight to say it has been
nearly 2,000 years and this promise hasn't been realized.
Henry W. Longfellow penned the words that sum up the concept
held by many:
I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth good-will to men.
And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said.
"For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
True, hate is strong. Read it in the headlines of international
news. Observe the daily local news reports of lives taken.
Observe it in our schools where students have so much going for
them, yet, they show disregard for one another and inflict
physical, emotional, and psychological pain on each other.
In despair we might agree "There is no peace on earth!"
A Biblical perspective seems to have revived Longfellow's
thoughts as he continued to write:
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, no ...
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