Making Peace

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9) We think of peacemakers as the ones who calm every situation and promote compromise. They find the common ground among all the different opinions and get everyone to give in a little so we can all get along. That is called peace in our time. No one is really happy because they didn’t get what they thought was right but it is better than the constant fighting. That is not kind of peace Jesus came to bring.

Controversy followed Jesus wherever he went. He taught people to understand the law of God and the kingdom that was coming. He disagreed with much of the current thought not by condemning it but by presenting something new. He was not just critical of the current practice, because he was calling people to something more. He gave them a better idea and understanding of what God was doing in bringing in this new kingdom. He did not bring peace by negotiation and he did not compromise on what he thought was right.
 
When we think of Jesus making peace it was not just in his neighborhood or his nation. He was making peace with God for all people of all nations for all time. The division between Jew and Gentile was one that had been from God. Now Jesus was breaking it down to make peace between everyone. He made peace by violence, but it was violence to himself. He made peace by the blood of his cross. (Col. 1:20)
 
It is such a radical kind of peace that people often reject it and go back to fighting. We are reluctant to give in and be the point at which people show their grievance. Jesus took everything that stood between man and God and became the solution for us all. He put together our sins and mistakes with God’s glory and grace and made a new person. A person who is clean and pure if they will accept the peace Jesus brings. Both good and evil are brought together in the person of Jesus. He was the holiness of God and took on the sins of the world in death to buy our freedom to life. He made peace between us and our past, our sins, our mistakes and our God. As people of such a peace, how should we get along in our everyday life?

 

Terry
Friday, April 26, 2019

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