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Weapon Meltdown - December 3, 2010
This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD.
Imagine getting a message from God that says, “In the future, there will be no more war.”
What a wonderful world that would be!
When Isaiah was writing down the words God gave him, it was the beginning of the Iron Age. The iron plowshare was vastly superior to wood, especially in the rocky soils of Israel. But iron was still scarce and expensive, and there were enemies who wanted their land. If only there could be an end to war, then they could use iron for their plows instead of producing weapons.
Today, we have enough iron for both plows and weapons, but wars continue—wars abroad and wars in our neighborhoods. There are wars against drugs, against terrorists, and even in our homes. One out of every 31 Americans is in jail, prison, on probation or parole. What’s wrong with us? We’re definitely broken. The Apostle Paul wrote, “…When I want to do good, evil is right there with me” (Romans 7:21). That evil, which is the sin in all of us, is the cause of every kind of war.
This Advent time of the year, we hear the songs about peace on earth and are first tempted to think that there still is no peace. Yet Isaiah’s words are precise and accurate. He connected real peace to a time when people everywhere would be inviting others to join them in hearing God’s word. They would hear about the Prince of Peace who won the Final War against Satan. By his death on the cross and resurrection from the grave, he won the victory over the devil and freed us from sin’s curse of death. That Prince is Jesus, who makes us this promise, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). An untroubled heart is a forgiven heart. We are no longer afraid because in Jesus we have come to know and experience the love of our God. Through Jesus we have peace with God.
There is coming a final meltdown of all weapons, both the iron ones and the verbal ones when Jesus returns to judge this world. Then there will be a complete and lasting peace for those who walk in the light of the LORD.
Jesus, Prince of Peace, as God promised and predicted through his prophet Isaiah, you came to this earth to free us from our sins and establish peace between us and God. Sustain us in the struggles we still experience in this sinful world. Comfort us with the joy of being free from all adversities when you come back to take us to the everlasting and perfect peace of heaven. Amen.
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