Peace Interrupted

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But he was pierced for our transgressions;

   he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

   and with his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5

The moment that sin interrupted peace in the Garden of Eden, a plan was in place to bring it back. God longs to transform our chaotic world into his Kingdom, full of peace and love. And Isaiah 53 reminds us that peace has been given to us: through Jesus’ sacrifice. To find peace and healing, we must look into the pain experienced by the Prince of Peace.

If Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and we are to be peacemakers, then we must follow his example. And he was not passive. Jesus regularly made himself available to anyone in need, gave to those who asked and did not shy away from answering difficult questions, even if they would cause controversy amongst some. Jesus did not bring peace to us by refusing to engage in our messiness. We cannot be thinking only of our personal, interior comfort when we pursue peacemaking.

What action can you take today that would remove a burden from someone in your life? What excuses may stop you from doing so?

A counterfeit peace exists when people are pacified or distracted or so beat up and tired of fighting that all seems calm. But true peace does not exist until there is justice, restoration, forgiveness. Peacemaking doesn’t mean passivity. It is the act of interrupting injustice without mirroring injustice, the act of disarming evil without destroying the evildoer, the act of finding a third way that is neither fight nor flight but the careful, arduous pursuit of reconciliation and justice. It is about a revolution of love that is big enough to set both the oppressed and the oppressors free.
— Shane Claiborne

Emily Luttrull