TODAY’S READING: PSALMS 120-133
“I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war.” – Psalm 120:7
When I read these words, I hear them as the words of Jesus. Indeed, could these words be truly spoken by anyone other than Jesus?
Isaiah 9:6 says, “For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Only the Prince of Peace could have said, “I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war.”
In Matthew 5:9, Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.”
Mark 4:39 says that Jesus awoke and “rebuked the wind and said to the seas, ‘Peace! Be Still!”
In Mark 5:34, Jesus said to the woman with the issue of blood for 12 years, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
In Mark 10:50, Jesus said, “Be at peace with one another.”
In Luke 1:79, Zechariah prophesied that Jesus, the sunrise that would visit us from on high, would “guide our feet into the way of peace.”
In Luke 2:14, there was a heavenly host that said to the shepherds in the field, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.” The heavenly host declared this because Jesus, the Savior, who is Christ the Lord, was being born.
In Luke 7:50, Jesus said to “a woman of the city,” likely a prostitute, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
In Luke 19:42, when Jesus was entering Jerusalem just before his crucifixion, he said, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace!”
In Luke 24:36, when Jesus appeared to the disciples, his first words were, “Peace to you!”
In John 14:27, the night before he was crucified, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”
In John 16:32-33, as Jesus spoke to the disciples about his leaving this world, he said, “Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.”
In John 20:19, Jesus appeared to his disciples and said, “Peace be with you.”
In John 20:26, Jesus appeared to his disciples eight days later and said, “Peace be with you.”
Jesus is for peace. He is the prince of the peace. Therefore, the heavenly host declared peace at his birth. Peace was always on the lips of Jesus. Jesus spoke peace the night before he was murdered. And, Jesus spoke peace when he was resurrected.
But, you will say, did not Jesus say, “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.”
And, I will point you to every other word that Jesus spoke, and was spoken about him by the disciples, and say, “Jesus is for peace, but when he speaks, you are for war.”