“Blessed are the peacemakers . . . ” – Q&A #9

Blessed are the peacemakers:  for they shall be called the children of God.

Question: Was Jesus a peacemaker?

Answer: Most definitely! Jesus was known as “The Prince of Peace.” Mary Baker Eddy writes of Jesus, that “the central point of his Messianic mission was peace, good will, love, teaching, and
healing.” (Mis. 162)

Unfortunately, to the sinners of his day, the peacemaking efforts of Jesus did not seem very peaceful or kind! Jesus announced:  “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10)

Mrs. Eddy explains:  “His teaching set households at variance, and brought to material beliefs not peace, but a sword.” (S&H 19)

Note that the sword was only used on “material beliefs,” not people!

“The glory of human life is in overcoming sickness, sin, and death. Jesus suffered for all mortals to bring in this glory; and his purpose was to show them that the way out of the flesh, out of the
delusion of all human error, must be through the baptism of suffering, leading up to health,
harmony, and heaven.” 
(No. 33)

That certainly describes the work of peacemaking that Jesus did. Jesus also said at that time:

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.”
(John 14)

Before he left earth, Jesus promised his disciples that the “Comforter” would come, and “teach you all things.” We have that Comforter today in the teachings of Christian Science.

Further Study: Read the story of how Jesus brought peace to a raging storm at sea, in
Mark 4:35-41.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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