In the Bible, the New Testament, Jesus said and I quote:
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. – The Bible; Matthew 5:9, KJV)
But today, I give unto us an updated verse:
Blessed are the peacemakers…for the bottle shall land on their head… lol
Now hold on. Before you crucify me, I never said I was quoting from the Bible. But then the Bible did not actually tell us of some consequences in the peace making process, one of which I believe could be a bottle cracking on someone’s skull. Jesus while quoting that verse was concerned on giving us insight into the reason why we should be peacemakers.
The Beatitudes, as it is called is concerned for the future not for the present or in the continuous. Jesus came into the world with a purpose – to save mankind from eternal damnation. In the process of doing that He had to die. He had to go through molestation. There are a lot of sleepless and cold nights He had to endure. At the point when He was to be handed over for crucifixion, He humanly spoke his mind:
My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me… – The Bible Matthew 26:39 KJV
That’s to show that even though his act was noble and we can thank Him today for saving us, it doesn’t change the fact that He had to go through some battering, both in words and in kind. But that was His example to show us that He was the first peacemaker and the greatest for that matter. He reconciled us back to God.
Therefore remember that once you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “uncircumcision” by that which is called “circumcision,” (in the flesh, made by hands); that you were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Christ. – The Bible, Ephesians 2: 11 – 13 KJV
Take note of this: Jesus didn’t promise us roses. The Apostles were ever ready for “come what may.” Stephen was stoned, Peter was crucified, John was cast in a boiling cauldron, Paul was imprisoned unjustly many times until his death, James was martyred too and a lot of others that I know you’ll remember who suffered while doing the good cause of the gospel, peace making – reconciling men with God.
While my quoted verse may be funny and weird (because that’s not how the Bible puts it), it begs to remind us that Jesus himself had said… “In this world, you shall suffer persecutions (especially when you’re doing good) but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16: 33) When we mention peacemakers, a lot of people only think within the context of separating a fighting couple. While that is true, I want to believe the bigger context is the business of reconciling men back to God – soul winning. And that one is the big deal. So I’ll gladly requote again with an addition:
“Blessed are the peacemakers for the bottle shall land on their head and they shall be called children of God.”
And for that, the end justifies the means. I’d rather have a bottle on my head. Hello guys 😀