Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Christ Our Peace

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

World peace. That’s why the United Nations was created after World War II, to promote world peace. While, arguably, they have been good at something else, they have failed miserably at bringing world peace. History records there hasn’t been a single day of global peace since its inception in 1945. 

That hasn’t always been the case. There was a time when peace reigned on earth because everything was in perfect harmony with God. That’s right, there was global peace before the fall of man. The fall introduced sin in the world, which interrupted peace by alienating God and man, thus bringing a curse upon the creation. True peace was impossible to attain because man no longer had peace in his heart. That’s why Jesus came. Listen to His inspired words to the disciples, “I did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give My life as a ransom for many” [Matthew 20.28].

A couple were arguing their case in front of a judge. They had irreconcilable differences and a divorce seemed inevitable. Their young boy was distressed and crying at what was happening. While the couple continued to argue, the boy took his Father and Mother’s hands and tugged on them until he joined them. 

That’s what Jesus did; He made a way for God and man to join hands. The Apostle Paul said it this way to the Roman Christ followers, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ” [Romans 5.1]. And to the Colossian Christ followers he said that God reconciled all things to Himself “having made peace through the blood of His [Christ’s] cross” [Colossians 1:20].

The cross was anything but peaceful. Humiliation, pain, darkness, hatred mockery, and death were everywhere pervasive. Yet through it all, Christ did what only He could do: join God and man together, making peace. What a precious gift!

One day, Christ will return as Prince of Peace, and of His government and peace, there will be no end [Isaiah 9.7]. Until then, His peace reigns in the hearts of those who love Him. 

Christ’s atonement made it possible for man to be at peace with God.
For unto us a Child is born, 
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9.6

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