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Israelis and Palestinians Need the Prince of Peace

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.


Warm greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Today, I would like to share with you a message of hope, reconciliation, and peace. The ongoing conflict between our brothers and sisters in the Middle East, specifically the Israelis and Palestinians, inspires this message.


We are all aware of the deep-seated strife and tension that has gripped this region for decades. The pain, suffering, and loss on both sides are heart-wrenching, causing many of us to question where God is in all of this. The Scriptures tell us that God is "near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit" (Psalm 34:18). We trust He is indeed close to them, comforting them in their sorrows.


As we delve into this topic, let us remember the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9).


The world yearns for peace, particularly in the Middle East. Yet, peace is not just the absence of war or conflict. It is justice, love, and unity. True peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding, can only come from our Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.


Our Lord Jesus extends His arms of love to everyone, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, or social status. He does not discriminate. He does not favour one over the other. His is a love that transcends boundaries and breaks down walls of division. He is the only path to true reconciliation, the only hope for lasting peace.


Imagine a world where Israelis and Palestinians, two peoples who share a common ancestry, walk together, not as enemies, but as brothers and sisters in Christ. Imagine the walls of separation being demolished and replaced by the bridge of love, unity, and forgiveness. This is not a mere pipe dream but the transformative power of the Gospel in action.


There are indeed heartening stories of Israelis and Palestinians who have turned to Jesus and found the supernatural peace that they could not find elsewhere. They have laid down their bitterness, their hatred, and their prejudices at the foot of the cross, accepting one another as fellow children of God.


These individuals serve as beacons of hope. They show that the impossible task of reconciliation is possible through Christ. They embody the genuine spirit of the Beatitudes, being peacemakers in a world torn apart by strife and animosity.


My dear ones, we have a crucial role to play. We must fervently pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all its inhabitants. We must intercede for the Israelis and Palestinians, asking God to touch their hearts, to open their eyes to the truth of Christ's love, and to bring healing and reconciliation to their lands.


Remember, Christ has made peace through His blood, shed on the cross. He has broken down the dividing wall of hostility between us. Through Him, we are no longer strangers and aliens but members of the household of God.


Let us stand in unity, praying and believing for a day when the Israelis and Palestinians will lie down their arms, embrace the Prince of Peace, and walk together as brothers and sisters in Christ, as children of God, enjoying the blessed supernatural peace that only Jesus can give. May the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, and may we always strive to be peacemakers, just as our Lord has called us to be.