The blessing promised to peacemakers is the remarkable approbation sons of God. In the preceding chapter of Matthew’s gospel, we witnessed the baptism of Jesus, during which God proclaimed from heaven, “This is my beloved Son.” Now Jesus offers a very similar title to the citizens of His kingdom. What an encouragement this is. Peacemaking is not only hard; it is blessed.
Rooted firmly in the peace made by Christ, today’s peacemakers must look to His life as a model. His peacemaking earned Him the hatred of religious leaders and the derision of His family. His peacemaking led Him to a garden, not for quiet repose, but for midnight wrestling; not for cool refreshment, but an overflowing cup of almighty wrath. His peacemaking led Him to a cross. It led Him to outer darkness.
It also led Him to a crown, a throne, and a people from every tribe and tongue and nation. This is the lot of peacemakers. Their bodies are scarred and they have been despised, but their harvest is full and their title is no cause for shame. They shall be called sons of God.