In a world marked by a lack of peace between nations, among countrymen, and even within families, the Gospel gives us the picture of the true peace that passes all understanding.
He himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. (Ephesians 2:14-18)
Here we see that peace is not a process; peace is a person, and His name is Jesus Christ. Without Christ there can simply be no peace. Conflict will never be ultimately resolved through some prescribed peace process, because peace is more than the mere absence of conflict and outward hostility. Peace is a “oneness,” a wholeness that will only be found through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Without this oneness, every peace process inevitably breaks down and before long we find ourselves in the middle of a new battle.
Peace among nations will not last without the Prince of Peace in the center of it . . . just as peace within families simply cannot last without the Prince of Peace in the center of it.
Why? Because peace without the Person of Jesus Christ it is built upon shadow and not the Substance. Shadows are superficial and short-lived and do not hold up under pressure. Only the Substance of the Savior can support the weight of unrest and conflict that lies deep within the heart of every human being and bring to it permanent peace. It is impossible to live in peace at any level—among nations or within families—without first having peace in the person of Jesus.
Paul tells us that the One who is our Peace preached peace to those who were far away and those who were near. In a word, His promise of peace is offered to EVERYONE! No one is beyond the reach of our Prince of Peace. God doesn’t play favorites; you don’t have to clean up or “get right” before this peace is in your possession. As Jesus said so succinctly, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” (Matthew 9:12).
- Did you veer off to the wrong side of the tracks? He will make you right!
- Dis you wander off into a far country? He will bring you near!
- Have you fallen down and out? He will lift you up and in!
His peace is available to anyone and everyone who trusts in Jesus, who gives us access to the Father by the Holy Spirit. If this finds you in the middle of a season of great peace, thank Him today! And if this finds you in the middle of a season of great unrest, conflict, or distress, go to Him today and receive His peace. Then go to others whom you know are struggling and tell them about the One who can bring permanent wholeness, regardless of the problems they are facing. You’ll be glad you did. They will be too!
“Peace I leave with you,” Jesus said; “my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!