Luke 2:14 (Passage in the picture) has no "You'll need to wait for over 2,000 years for this to even begin to unfold." caveat! We have been called to actively participate in its unfolding!
Isaiah 9:7 "Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this."
The Cross didn't end or pause any of this. It expanded it!
That's right! What the manger initiated, the cross expanded!
Blessed are the Peacemakers!
Peace & Love to All!
It's strange that "The Fruit of the Spirit" is seldom mentioned when "Great moves of the Holy Spirit" are being discussed.
Imagine a MOVE of Love, Joy, Peace, Perseverance, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, & Self Control!
I'm no Cessationist, but if our "Charismatic Moves" haven't greatly impacted the world with these beautiful expressions of the Nature of Christ, then perhaps we've missed something really BIG.
It might also be a great idea to focus more on the Beatitudes than "Who's Who in the Five-Fold Zoo", and our "Special Meeting" goose bumps which had no lasting impact beyond the "church" parking lot.
Peace & Love!
There are Rabbis and Imams who sound like mad men. There are also many of them who sound more like Jesus than a good number of their professing, Christian counterparts; especially on matters pertaining to peaceful, loving coexistence.
I Love Jesus, The Prince of Peace, and believe with all of my heart that He is The Way, The Truth, The Life, The Resurrection, The Brightness of the Father's Glory, and the Express Image of His Person. My problem is not with Him, it's with the preachers and politicians who have knowingly or unwittingly misrepresented Him as a warmongering, real estate tycoon Who is bent on the ethnic cleansing of "bad people" in order for the "chosen people" to get what is rightfully theirs.
Too many people have taken on the role of judge, jury, and executioner (or simply supported it through proxy nations), instead of following the Beatitudes. Others are so ignorantly bent on historical, First Century calamities being unleashed (a second time...which has no solid, Biblical or historical foundation) in their lifetime, that they actually long for war and the destruction of "the bad people".
The sad irony is that The Great Commission has everything to do with bringing LIFE and nothing to do with God's "chosen people" being purveyors of ethnic cleansing and destruction.
We have been called to be Peace Makers, not Crusaders!
Peace, Salam, & Shalom!