In the Autumn of 2012, Vision.org published an article by Martin Coates entitled, “Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All Men”.
While the article is well written, I believe Mr. Coates missed the point that he himself was attempting to make. In short, the article was bemoaning the fact that many people misunderstand the Celebration of Christmas as a whole, and a certain Bible verse in particular.
Like many people, he went on about how many wars have been fought and how much evil and violence there still is in the world; long after the first coming of the Prince of Peace. This is basically the premise of his article and the tenet he uses to solidify the fact that there is a great misunderstanding as to the belief that the Promised Messiah would fulfill scriptural promise of a utopian-style of peace on earth.
The birth of Jesus was a wonderful event and one that signaled another phase in God’s plan for rescuing humanity. It did not, however, usher in a time of peace. Although God does indeed call us to live peaceful lives at present, the fulfillment of the promise of peace for the whole world is yet future. Christmas, with its mixture of biblical fact and human error and misconception, along with pagan ritual and rampant commercialism, serves only to obscure the truth—namely, that a time of peace is coming.
While Mr. Coates maintains that “The promise of peace for THE WHOLE WORLD is yet future”, I will simply state that such a notion/belief is based upon a lack of understanding. Such misunderstanding comes from a lack of not knowing the Bible as a whole, and the Gospel message in particular.
“The promise of peace for the whole world” is for here and now. It is for those who accept that Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God, manifest in the flesh, and that his life, death, and resurrection, reconciles and restores the peace between man and God.
If you doubt my word, contact me and I will gladly go over the biblical text that clearly shows this is the peace that our Savior paid for with His blood. That is why he was able to declare from the cross, “IT IS FINISHED!”
“These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
You heard me say to you, `I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place, you may believe.
I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.
Rise, let us go hence.”John 14:25-31 (RSV)
- Bible verses about Prince of Peace (whatchristianswanttoknow.com)
- What does it mean that Jesus is the Prince of Peace (gotquestions.org)
- 30 Bible Verses About Peace – Encouraging Scripture (biblestudytools.com)