Peace To You
Since about 1950 in the little park across from the United Nations building in New York stands the Isaiah wall. The wall displays an etching in granite of Isaiah 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Because of this great statement in behalf of peace, the wall has become a consistent gathering place for protests at, and of, the United Nations.
The people of the world want men and nations to take these words to heart and to bring peace to the world. They want terrorists to lay down their arms and live at peace with their neighbors of whatever religion, they want armies to cease crossing the borders of other nations to invade, they want nuclear weapons to be disbanded by all nations so that a threat of total war for the world will be eliminated, and they want so many other things that speak of peace.
These are wonderful thoughts, great desires, delightful dreams for a world of peace in this time when there is no peace. However, these actions may be things that cannot happen on earth without a causal intervention by God. The context of Isaiah’s statement includes the verse before (2:3) which states: And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Don't forget this part of the Christmas message: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.