Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The House of the Prince of Peace

Jesus, the head of this New Israel, the Ruler at the head of this mountain (Isaiah 2:2-4) has established this house, His house, and we are that house, children of the living God and brothers and sisters to our elder brother, Jesus.

As we gather to worship, we are doing so at the summons of our King who has called all nations to Himself.  All peoples, all tongues, all tribes, all families, everyone is supposed to be here – for God has called them.  He has provided the Way by means of His Son, and He has chosen you to be here now.

It is upon this mountain, in this house of worship, at the throne of grace, where the reconciliation of the world to God begins.  It is also where the reconciliation of all nations to one another begins.  It is where you will find reconciliation between you and your spouse, your child, your parents, your neighbor, and anyone with whom you have been estranged.

All peace, even the peace that passes understanding, is to be found here, at the foot of the cross, at the top of the mountain, in the glorious presence of Almighty God.  When groups or nations or families or individuals come and bow humbly here, they will find reconciliation there.  Laws will not bring this peace, compromises will not bring this peace, treatise will not bring this peace, peace talks will not bring this peace.

Only bowed knees, humbled hearts, men and women who first worship God the Father in the name of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit – only that will bring peace.  But it will bring peace – for the dividing wall of hostility has been broken by Jesus that all may come.  It is here that we pray for and practice the peace of the nations – for we have come to the house of the Prince of Peace.

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