The Israeli cabinet met this morning to consider a cease-fire proposal by Egypt and voted to approve it. The leadership of Hamas also met and rejected the proposal, resuming rocket fire on Israel territories. Shortly thereafter, Israel resumed its attacks on Hamas sites.
It is a sadly familiar sequence of events. And it demonstrates how profoundly difficult it is for peace of any kind to be established once hatred has taken root. The situation seems hopeless to almost everyone. Almost everyone…
This last weekend was profoundly instructive as to the real source of peace. In God’s providence, the Elav Youth Conference was already scheduled in Haifa, Israel. It is a gathering of young Arab and Jewish disciples of Jesus.
They met, worshiped, and shared the love of God while all around them war and hatred was raging. Most touching was the spontaneous decision they made to wash each other’s feet. What a contrast—is this not obedience to what the Apostle John wrote in his letter? (1 John 4:7)
These young people have been reconciled to God and to each other through faith in Jesus/Issa/Yeshua the Messiah, who came to save each and all of them. They demonstrated to the hostile world around them, not how things must be…but how things can be when the Kingdom of God begins to be formed in the hearts and minds of the community of His disciples.
It is to this kind of work that CMJ has committed itself for over two centuries. And it is for this kind of peace that CMJ in Israel and around the world is asking believers in Jesus to pray. Not just a ceasefire…not a cold war…but the lasting peace that comes only when the Messiah is recognized and followed. We are instructed to pray for peace, because peace is when God is most able to demonstrate His desire for all people to know him.
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