He is Our Peace!
February 2, 2015
“For he 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 enmity, 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 enmity thereby; And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father”. -Ephesians 2:14-18
We as Americans have a ripe responsibility in assisting the world to focus on peace. Those of us of the Christian Faith have an obligation to promote the true message of peace (the message of Christ). It is no new tension that exist when we see the world and our own country wrestling with race, economics, and other factor of social standards. The problem is perpetuated when we refuse to apply proper redress to this long and painful historic issue that keep the human race at odds.
Faith (through the Word of God) teaches us that Christ has presented us with the formula to have peace one with the other. The Apostle Paul states: “And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.” Clearly the reference is concerning Jew and Gentiles and the guarded promise held by the Jews and the lack of promise possessed by the Gentiles. The message of “peace” was preached to both Jew and Gentile, the same message, the merging of God’s created sons, the mystery of the church, one body despite race, economic position, or other factors of social standards are blended together representing Christ. Modern day challenges are no different, and the beauty of God’s Word is that it lives and provides the answer for us today as it did when Christ walk among us in the flesh. A personal conviction is that we will not experience universal peace until the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ returns, however partial peace is available now for those who allow Christ to rest, rule, and abide in their hearts; “He is Our Peace”. Without Christ there is no peace, and with Him, peace is an automatic commodity. The correct formula always produces the correct result.
As Christians stand suspended between the celebration of Christ’s Birth (Christmas) and the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection (Easter), we paused in January to reflect on the message of Christ presented in demonstration by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His demonstration was grounded in his faith of Christ and he concluded that demonstration on April 3, 1968 in his final public speech, “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop”. There Dr. King states: “I just want to do God’s Will”. God’s Will is that we have peace one with the other, anchored is our common faith of His Son, Jesus Christ; “He is our Peace”!
Prayer: Father God, thank you for the peace that You give us that passes all of our understanding. In the midst of chaos, pain, and uncertainty, please be our source of peace and strength. Amen.
Reverend Rodney G. Perry