“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9) I think at times many of us get the idea this is just a nice blessing to be a son of God. But, I don‘t think a son of God is just a cliché. Christians believe “Jesus is the Son of God” as we have come to know ‘Son of God.” Peter confessed that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16) Simon Peter is answering Jesus, when Jesus asked Peter, whom do you say that I am Simon Peter? Peter said, “The Messiah, the Son of God.”
A “son of God” gives us the responsibility and the privilege of being “Peace Makers,” like Jesus, the Son of God. Jesus had and still has a job to do, and so do we, as Peace Makers, and sons of God. What does your resume reflect about your job description? I am able to let you read parts of the resume of Jesus, the Son of God’s job description. It is filed in Hebrews 1:3 “The Son reflects the glory of God and shows exactly what God is like.”
The Bible reveals to us, “No one can see God, but Jesus Christ is exactly like Him. He ranks higher than everything that has been made. Through His power all things are made_ Things in heaven and on earth, things seen and unseen, all powers, authorities, lords, and rulers. All things were made through Christ and for Christ. He was there before anything was made, and all things continue because of Him.” (Colossians 1:15-17) Christ Jesus tells us, “If you see me you see the Father.” (John 14:9)
Colossians, 1:20, reveals “…God made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.” Now let’s get to know the Son better so we can be a son. Jesus lived a humble life. He was born in a stable. He was reared in an insignificant village of Nazareth, not New York City! He was a carpenter, not Senator, Lawyer, Doctor or President of anything. He sure didn’t have a mega church like Rick Warren, nope, just a few good men, a group of fisherman. Jesus, the Son of God lived among us so we could see God with our eyes, touch God with our hands, talk to God with our lips, hear God with our ears, and live with God in our world. His on the job training was for us to learn from so we could be sons and daughters of God. He showed us how to be Peace Maker and be called “son of God.”
Philippians 2 says, “Have the attitude of Christ. Try to agree with one another, love one another and work together with one another with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish, and don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interest, but take an interest in others, too.”
Easter gives us a reason to celebrate Christmas. John 3:3 reveals words in picture, “unless one is born again he cannot be in God’s Kingdom.” Be a Peace Maker and lead many to the stable for a new birth. Many are ready, many are waiting, and they only need a star of light to guide them to Peace. Don’t be so busy with your Santa list you forget the Gift. Why? (2 Corinthians 6:2) says, “The right time is now and day of salvation is now.”
Would you rather give your child and family, gifts or The Gift? The Gift said, “I leave you peace; my peace I give you…so don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27)
I’m sure this is a little long for this time of the year since you are so very busy. I had hoped that you would take time and help me tell the Eternal Story. That is when you get the time.
My gift to each of you is a prayer of your hope for heaven. May you have life in all its fullness. When storms rage in your life, your heart will be at rest. As the song says, “man will live forevermore because of Christmas Day. Yes, a King was born on Christmas Day! Do you know Him? Is so, let us worship Him!