True peace cannot come until man finds peace with God.
People are looking for answers to the world’s desire for peace and safety. It is natural for mankind to desire peace; however, true peace cannot come until mankind finds peace with God.
“For he [Christ] is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Having abolished in his flesh the enemity , even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enemity thereby:
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.” Ephesians 2: 14-17
Man is separated from God.
Man is separated from God by a wall of sin. Christ came to break down that wall by placing it on Himself and bearing it on the cross.
By breaking down the wall that separated us from God, Christ’s sacrifice provided the way that we could be reconciled back to God.
The Law was not removed. It remains to this day. However, no man can serve the Law perfectly. The breaking of God’s Law is called ‘sin’. Our sins built the wall that separates us from God.
If a man bears false witness against his neighbor, in other words, tells a lie about him, then that man has broken the Law of God.
If a man commits adultery, has sexual relations with someone other than his wife, then that man has broken the Law of God.
There must be reconciliation.
Sin brings separation from God. The relationship between God and man has been damaged. Reconciliation must take place before the relationship can be restored.
Jesus Christ came to make that reconciliation possible for us. By accepting His sacrifice for our sin debt, asking for His forgiveness of our sin, and receiving Him into our hearts, we are reconciled to God.
Our lives then are in harmony with God; and, thus we have peace with God.
“And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
And you, that were sometime [in time past] alienated [separated] and enemies in your mind by wicked works [sin], yet now hath he reconciled
In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.” Colossians 1:20-22 (Insertions mine)
Reconciliation brings harmony to man’s relationship with God.
When man allows Christ to rule in his heart, he becomes a new creature – united as one with Christ. As a new creature in Christ, his old ways are past. He walks in a new way that desires to see others come to know the peace that he has experienced by receiving Christ as his Saviour.
By being in harmony with God, man desires to have harmony with mankind.
Reconciliation brings harmony to man’s relationship with mankind.
When mankind’s hearts find harmony with God, mankind will find harmony with each other. Until then, we will not find peace on earth.
May you find the peace that only Christ can give.