Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Man with a Plan: Mission Impossible?

The world may be looking for a “man with a plan,” but it became more apparent this week that Secretary of State John Kerry is not that man. After Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed his doubts about successful peace negotiations with the Palestinians, Kerry said, “We have always known that achieving peace is a long and complicated process. It’s a tough road, but it is not mission impossible.” This week, Kerry returned to Washington when talks broke down. Mission impossible?

Ever since Israel became a nation in 1948, world leaders have tried to be “a man with a plan” for Middle East peace. But until Christ returns, it will be mission impossible. In the meantime, Jesus offers “a plan” for peace: His peace—not world peace (Jn. 14:27; 16:33). Knowing believers would face hostility in this world, Paul said, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, which exceeds anything we can understand, peace that will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Col. 2:15; Phil. 4:7). Peace for us is not only possible; it is highly probable. How can I be so sure? Because Jesus is our peace (Eph. 2:14).

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