Peace

Peace, such a small word, yet so important. It conjures in the mind a feeling of serenity, freedom from fears, doubt, anxiety, and freedom from any threat. It is a word much used in the Bible. It is the apostle Paul's salutation in every book bearing his name; "Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." But this word may never come to mean as much to us as it should, not through the fault of the apostles, nor of God, nor of His Holy Spirit who inspired its use. It will be our own fault. When the great host of angels appeared before the shepherds to announce the birth of the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, the words of their song were "Glory to God in the highest...and on earth peace and good will toward men!" (Luke 2:14). This peace which the angels heralded was not the absence of war on this planet, but peace that man can now have with God. Jesus Christ came to make peace. He came to pay the debt which we had no way of paying, to make us free of the fear of God's wrath because of our sins, to make us free of doubt as to our position before a righteous God, to take away the anxiety concerning death and the judgment. "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit" (Rom. 8:1). What a tragedy if we fail to have that peace.