Focus verse: Matt. 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word Peacemaker?
The first thing that comes to my mind is a Colt .45. Throughout history the Colt .45 has been referred to as a “Peacemaker”. Some historical trivia:
- General Patton carried an ivory handled Colt peacemaker which he used in the Mexican Punitive Expedition of 1916 as well as carrying one during the Second World War.
- Famed British adventurer and soldier T.E. Lawrence (“of Arabia”) had a special fondness for this weapon, because it saved his life during one of his pre-World War I trips to Mesopotamia He was jumped by an Arab bandit who stole the gun and tried to kill Lawrence, but Lawrence’s assailant couldn’t because he did not understand the revolver mechanism. Lawrence thereafter always carried one of these weapons for good luck.
It seems odd that a tool designed to kill would be an instrument of peace. The Colt .45 was called a peacemaker because it was the weapon of choice for early lawmen who used it to enforce the law and thereby keep the peace. Sometimes death is required for peacekeeping.
The sacrifice of Jesus Christ is our peace offering. He fulfilled the Law, bringing peace between Jew and Gentile and between us and God, through the New Covenant in His Blood;
Ephesians 2:15-16 “having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances …. thus making peace …. that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross …”
We are called to be peacemakers and living sacrifices. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Romans 12:1)
In Matthew 5:44-45 Jesus commands us to love our enemies. One of the most effective ways to be a peacemaker is to love our enemies by sharing the Gospel of Christ with them. Since we were once enemies of God, prior to being reconciled to Him by Jesus Christ, we can identify with those who are still separated from God by sin. We have been given the calling and privilege of helping them become reconciled to God by bringing the Gospel to them.
- What are you doing to be equipped to reconcile others to God?Next Week’s Scripture: Matthew 5:10