"World peace,” exclaimed each of the Miss America beauty pageants since the time of memory. And yet? Who draws that line in the sand that enables this to happen? or is it just a nice thought, being that we cannot even get along with ourselves deep down, let a lone at the negotiating level of nations. Perhaps it’s just easier to exclaim than deal with the close-and-nearby. Peace requires a line in the sand.
Sometimes we just don’t understand what it takes, world peace; nor understand when Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.”
He actually drew the line in the sand. The remembrance of Jesus’ witnessed ascension is around the corner and brings us back to Easter, only three weeks ago. It was His life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension — known as “the Gospel,” that drew that line in the sand — between God Himself and His creation, each of us. He established with His sword of truth (both word and Person) that line in the sand that declared what was right and wrong, good and evil, acceptable and non-acceptable or “non-compliant,” to be in His heavenly and holy presence; and how to enter into His peace, even in the midst of our (me, too) rebellion. A definition and truth that is unchangeable, non-waiverable, irreversible. Only He could say, “No one can come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day.” Peace. Real peace. Peace between God and us. Replicate-able between us and us.
Yes, this time too, shall come, a time of world peace; but only when He returns as promised, His Second Advent, this time to administer His righteousness and His peace, as King of all kings. “I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.” With.
John 14:27, 6:44, 14:3 HCSB