Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

The memory of the Maccabees was vivid in the minds of the Jewish people throughout the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry. The very sight of Roman soldiers was a painful reminder that, under the Maccabees (in the second century BC), the Jews had ruled their own kingdom.

Many, like the zealots, hoped for a military uprising to end Roman rule. This included men like Simon the Zealot, one of Jesus’ disciples. But from the beginning of His ministry, Jesus demonstrated that He had a different mission. He had come to fulfill the ancient prophecy that He would be called the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Peace was central to Jesus’ life and ministry. Announcing His birth, the angelic choir declared, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased” (Luke 2:14). Jesus would tell His disciples, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you” (John 14:27). And He gave them His Word “so that in Me you may have peace” (John 16:33).

Jesus declared that God’s richest blessings were given to those who were “peacemakers.” The Greek word here (used for the only time in the Bible) means to love peace and encourage peace among others.

The message of peace was central to the Gospel. Paul taught that peace was a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Believers also could experience God’s peace as they prayed about everything and let their requests be made known to God. As they practiced the truths of the Gospel, they were promised that “the God of peace” would be with them (Philippians 4:6-9).

Today, God still promises blessings to those who are passionate about seeking Him and serving Him. He gives favor to those who want to be instruments of His peace. This means a quest to bring reconciliation to families…heal sick bodies…restore those who are worried…and offer peace with God to all who are troubled.