Message from Scripture: 10/19/2021
Our message from Scripture today comes from Col. 3:15; “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”
The Norwegian Academy of Sciences, aided by historians from England, Egypt, Germany, and India, calculated that, since 3600 BC, the world has known only 292 years of peace. During that period, there have been 14,531 wars, large and small, in which 3,640,000,000 people have been killed. Why can’t people ever achieve peace through their own efforts? Because there isn’t any peace outside of Christ.
The term peace in Scripture means, not so much the opposite of war, but the opposite of any disturbance in the tranquility of God’s people. Because of Christ, we find tranquility and harmony. Sin destroys peace, but only in Christ can we have what it is everyone is so desperate to have. Only Christ restores a right relationship with God, and so is able to offer a life of peace.
Not only does Christ bring us peace, but He is peace. We can literally translate Paul’s statement in Eph. 2:14 as “He Himself is the peace of us.” There are many peacemakers today who try in vain to bring peace to the world. But the Lord Jesus is far more than a “peacemaker;” He is peace. This is what makes the message of the gospel so relevant to our world today, which is consumed in chaos and destructive practices. We have a message in the gospel that will bring peace, because the focus of that message is Christ, who is our peace, through His death for our sins. If we are in Christ, we have peace.
Today, let’s go out to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and show peace to a world that needs peace. Let them see, even in the worst moments, even with fear and death so prevalent, what Christ offers is peace in the midst of these, knowing what lies ahead in eternity. God bless.