Sermon Illustrations

As our Messiah Jesus is coming again to usher in His Millennial reign over the world as our rightful King of Kings and Prince of Peace. Moody Bible Institute publishes the daily devotional guide TODAY IN THE WORD. The devotional for June 19, 1992, contained this observation:

A group of academics and historians has compiled this startling

information: since 3600 B. C., the world has known only 292 years

of peace! During this period there have been 14,351 wars large and

small, in which 3,640,000,000 people have been killed. The

value of the property destroyed is equal to a golden belt around

the world 97.2 miles wide and 33 feet thick. Since 650 B. C., there

have also been 1,656 arms races, only 16 of which have not ended

in war. The remainder ended in the economic collapse of the

countries involved.

Over 3,000 American Servicemen and Servicewomen to date have perished in the War in Iraq. World peace continues to elude us. Is there any hope it will ever become a reality?

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow felt the same hopeless despair during Christmas of 1863 when our Nation was in the midst of Civil War and he penned his poem that became our Christmas Carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” He laments in stanza three:

And in despair I bowed my head:

“There is no peace on earth,” I said,

“For hate is strong, and mocks the song

Of peace on earth, goodwill to men.”

But his despair quickly turns to hope as he receives divine assurance in stanza four:

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,

With peace on earth, goodwill to men.”

My brothers and sisters, Jesus is coming again! This time He is not coming to be born in a manger, not to be despised and rejected by men, not to be a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. No! He is coming to bring lasting “peace on earth, good will toward men.”