He Died for Peace?

The accolades for this man have been pouring in profusely from around the globe. The shock of his unexpected death leaves a nation stunned and many in the world shaking their heads. A family suddenly deprived struggles with their grief.

Why did he die?

Many say he died for peace. He has been called a martyr for peace. Others have noted that by his death long-time enemies have been drawn a little closer. And perhaps these people are all right. I certainly do not know. But I definitely know this: Yitzhak Rabin did not choose to die. That was not in his agenda; to fall to an assassin's bullets was not part of his grand scheme for peace for Israel.

But I do know Someone Who clearly and deliberately chose to die for peace. That was His agenda; that was an integral part of His "grand scheme."

He Truly Died for Peace!

"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken" (Isaiah 53:5-8).

"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed" (1 Peter 2:24).

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1).

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