Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Jesus had a very different way to teach, so simple, but deeper than the oceans in wisdom and truth. What exactly did Jesus mean by his phrase “peacemaker”? Is being a “peacemaker” a possibility in our current culture? Am I a “peacemaker”? Actually the jewish mindset for peace, at the time of Christ, was quite different from what ours is today. For the jewish man in Jesus’ world peace was more than an absence of war or strife. Peace had some powerful positive connotations. Here are some observations about peace from the Full Life Bible Commentary.
“Like some of the other beatitudes, English and Western concepts do not fit the words Jesus uses. Our word “peace” is a pitiful parallel for what Jesus meant. We often define peace as a state opposite of war and peacemaking as putting aside a conflict for a truce – a concept that also fits the classical Greek usage of the word. The Hebrew word shalom better reflects Jesus’ intent. Shalom is a state of wholeness in individuals or nations, including safety, health, and wealth in the context of God’s covenant with His people.
True peace is based on God’s covenant of peace” with his people (Ezek. 37: 26). It is the nature of God’s blessing for his faithful people, who are in right relationship with him. Mere absence of military strife and material wealth are not God’s peace.
God’s peace is much deeper, more thorough, and more meaningful. Numbers 6:24-26 expresses it well: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” The reference to God’s face speaks of his presence, which is the ultimate source of his peace.”
So what is a peacemaker? The life of a peacemaker is the life of spreading the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Once you have tasted the kindness of our Lord and drunk from His cup of peace, the only response is to spread this life to whomever we can. The perfect example would be the earthly ministry of Jesus. He went about doing good and healing all who were harassed by the enemy. He brought forgiveness, healing, provision, and salvation, He brought God’s peace. Jesus brought shalom everywhere He went. What else could He do, after all, He is the Prince of Peace.