On the 10th April 1998, Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern signed the Good Friday agreement, paving a way for lasting peace in Northern Ireland. The former Prime Minister is unlikely to be held up as a ‘peacemaker’ now, but he surely played a key role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland.
Today’s beatitude promises that the peacemakers will be called “sons of God” – what a privilege to become part of God’s family! Although I’m not convinced, as noble as the deed, that Jesus is talking about the likes of Blair and Ahern. Rather he’s speaking of those who have made their peace with God. Since the Fall, mankind has been at odds with God, each one of us has has rejected God’s rightful and good rule in our lives – we are at war. Yet we’re told of a true peacemaker, God’s own son come to make truce – “and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.”
Today we remember the sacrifice of many who have gone before us to secure the peace which we enjoy today. But we also remember Jesus, the one who secured a lasting peace between us and God on that first Good Friday.