Friday, October 16, 2009
While we were in Washington I got a call from my 23 year old son who is a youth pastor in Orlando, Florida. "Mom," he said, "have you heard the big news?" By the excitement in his voice and the fact that we hadn't turned a television on in four days, I, of course, had no idea what he was referring to.
"No, what's up?"
"They just announced the Nobel Peace Prize winner and guess who it is?"
Instantly my mind turned to Glenn Beck, my favorite Mormon (long story but I do pray for his salvation!), but then I realized that there was no way he would win if there were any liberals on the committee. So, my second guess was Oprah, which would have really gotten me angry, so I jumped off that one quickly and moved to my third guess - Jack Bauer! But being a fictional character, that probably wasn't going to fly as well, so I bit...
"Nope, can't guess. Who is it?"
"What?" I stammered. He repeated it again and I must admit I was speechless (doesn't happen often). "Based on what?"
"Based on his potential to bring peace to the world."
Now, that should be enough to make all of us pause. This isn't going to be a political post. No, it's a post about Jesus. As believers, there is only One who can bring peace to this world. He's already laid the path to His Father by shedding His blood and bearing the Father's wrath, so He's already accomplished peace. Jesus is the only person I can think of who truly deserves the Nobel Peace Prize - His peace is lasting. It is eternal. It is a done deal.
But don't forget, He's coming again. And when He does, He will deal with sin, usher in His millennial rule and show what a true leader looks like. Then the world will be given the opportunity to follow the true Prince of Peace. No human can fill this job description. Only Jesus. Kind of fun to think about...
So, my weekend wish for you is that you set your mind on the Prince of Peace and remember what He has done to earn this title. Next weekend, if you are joining us at the retreat, you will be saturated with the gospel message as a reminder of our power source for daily sanctification. Why not start early and spend some time thinking about the peace He has accomplished between you and His Father? It is truly a remarkable feat!
Thank you, Lord Jesus!