For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation. (Eph 2:14)
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He is our peace. He made peace by the blood of His cross and reconciled men and God. He broke down barriers between men. He is a great peacemaker.
I walked towards my gate 10 minutes before boarding time. Most of the waiting area was full as I searched for a vacant seat. Eventually I spotted one on a corner and sat down, letting out a sigh of release. In less than 2 hours I would be back in Norcal, getting ready to go to bed.
I glanced over at the middle-aged woman sitting in front of me. She was reading what was unmistakably the Bible. Should I try to preach to her? Do I have the courage to talk to her? I was scared to try, but my mind was telling me that this was an opportunity, and that when it comes to preaching, we need to go beyond our comfort zone. I also had a TJC pocket calendar on me for this very purpose.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)
Our outward appearance and persona may be deceiving people. But how can that be? When we see someone nicely dressed, we naturally are more fond of them and create positive impressions in our mind. We associate them with virtues that may or may not be there. On the other hand, we naturally have a more negative impression towards people who don’t look nice. If we are someone on the receiving end of positive impressions, that would probably make us feel good about ourselves. That in itself is natural and neutral.
“Which he will display at the proper time–he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” (1Tim 6:15 ESV)
Jesus Christ is sovereign. His birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension prove that He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He shoulders the responsibility of governing the people, and His rule extends into human hearts. The titles He bears characterize this new kingdom of Jesus’ dominion. He will be called “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”.
Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. (Matthew 6:1-2)
It might seem incredible that people in Jesus’ ministry were practicing charitable deeds who were motivated to do so because they wanted to be acknowledged by others. But it might not seem all that incredible when we think about how the motives behind this is the human nature, pride.