Romans 5:1: “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Let’s continue exploring the four big themes of the season of Advent. Today, we will consider the concept of peace.
When we talk about biblical peace, we don’t just mean a feeling of bliss. Biblical peace is more akin to peace between nations that have been at war. When they agree to peace, they end hostilities and seek new possibilities for their relationship.
Through his sacrifice, Jesus ended the state of war between God and humanity. Humans brought on this terrible situation by sinning against God, creating a state of unholiness that called for our destruction. Through Jesus Christ, God made a unilateral offering of peace, restoring our ability to relate to our creator.
To accept the offer, we simply look to the cross and believe, accepting that the work done there is complete and irrevocable.
Now, don’t get me wrong, a state of peace does also bring a feeling of bliss. The threat of destruction is removed.
In terms of emotional responses, there’s more, too. But that’s for tomorrow.
Lord, thank you for the tremendous offer of peace made to us when you had all the power and divine privilege. Amen.