Scripture

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:9-10

Thought

Was Jesus a peacemaker?

The answer to this question depends on how one defines “peace”.
For some people, peace is equivalent to social friendship and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence, a state of tranquility.
Socially, peace means a lack of conflict and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or groups.”

Do these definitions apply to our Lord Jesus? Only partially! Jesus had peace inside Himself and with His Father. He is peace itself. This does not mean that He only had friends, because Jesus did not avoid conflicts on the cost of truth, justice, and love. His enemies were ready to go as far, unjust, and violent as nailing Him on the cross.
Jesus is the perfect fulfillment of today’s verses.

Are we peacemakers?
This is the very call for us as Christians. We got reconciled with God, of whom we are made ambassadors of reconciliation. As our Lord and Master, we love peace and make peace. Yet, we are aware, how much the truth can cost.

The two blessings of today are related. Logically, sons of King of heaven receive a heavenly kingdom.

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling[c] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.”
2Corinthians 5:18-20

Prayer

From Jesus’ last prayer

“I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.
They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

John 17:14-19