"Blessed are the Peacemakers" For they shall be called sons of God. Matt 5:9 This is one of the beattitudes that I think is difficult to understand. At first blush it would appear rather simple. People who bring peace are blessed, and are "sons of God." But what does peace mean? Peace between nations? Peace between people? Peace between man and God? And of course, "sons of God" is laden with meaning especially when spoken by THE Son of God, Jesus. So, it is obvious to look to Jesus and his relationship with peace to understand our relationship with peace and what Jesus means when he talks about Peacemakers. I think you can, right off the bat, throw out ideas of world peace. Jesus had virtually no interest in nations or the relationship between nations. He was not a diplomat, and not out to "end war and bring peace." He repeatedly stated that his Kingdom is not of this world. He did not come to redeem the nationhood of Israel or kick out the Romans. I believe Matthew 10 rules out the idea that he came to bring peace between people. Although I think xtianity does work to heal relationships with the power of love and forgiveness, there is little evidence to suggest that Jesus came to bring peace between feuding fathers and sons, or mothers and daughters. Instead he states, " Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, a mans enemies will be the members of his own household." So what kind of peace does he mean when he states blessed are the peacemakers? I believe it is the third kind I mentioned above, peace between men and God. Again in Matthew 10, where Jesus mentions peace a bunch of time, he sends the disciples out to spread his message. When it is accepted he commands them to let their peace rest upon that house. So, when the disciples spread the Gospel message, they spread peace wherever it is accepted. This is what a peacemaker is. When we are peacemakers, we are a reflection of the role filled by Jesus. Jesus as the Son of God reconciled God and men. When we spread the message we continue that mission and hence are "sons of God." We are also sons of God and "heirs to the Kingdom" when we live by that same spirit of Christ. Hence we also live in the Kingdom and when we live in the Kingdom (and I believe the whole sermon on the Mount is describing life in Jesus' Kingdom) we also have peace. Ironically, when Jesus' Kingdom is fully in force, we will have all the other kinds of peace as well. So, blessed are the peacemakers.