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“He will stand and shepherd His flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD His God. And they will live securely, for then His greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And He will be their peace” (Micah 5:4, 5).
Micah prophesied about the coming Messiah: He would come from the tribe of Judah (5:2), He was present for all eternity (5:2), He would lead His people and they would be secure in Him (5:4), He would be peace for His people (5:5).
Stop and think about that for a moment. The Messiah would not simply bring peace, but He would BE peace. Before Jesus – the Messiah – came, we were separated from God, unable to be in relationship with Him.
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior” (Colossians 1:21).
Therefore, Micah was predicting a time when the people would not just be freed from strife and conflict, but a time of reconciliation with God. The New Testament declares that Micah’s prophesy was fulfilled by Jesus.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1, 2).
“Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation” (Romans 5:11).
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:18)
Heavenly Father, thank you that we have peace with You through Jesus. Thank you for Your Word which reminds me of this great truth. Amen.
Questions: How is the difference between Jesus bringing peace and Jesus being peace significant to you? What benefits have you reaped by being reconciled to God?
About the Author Suzanne Benner