“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace.” Ephesians 2:14-15
Read these verses over and over. What is the Holy Spirit whispering to you?
To be honest I wasn’t wanting to go this deep this morning, but God has other plans. Our verses are simple and complicated at the same time. There is deep theology in here but also simple peace. If we are willing to just accept we will see and feel peace right away. But in that peace God is calling us deeper. Deeper into Jesus. This morning the whisper I hear is “peace” more specifically “Jesus is our peace.”
To have peace, peace has to be simple and easy, even though the process that brings us peace is anything but simple. Peace is made possible because of what Jesus did. He became man, fully human, even though He was fully God. These two things are separate at the time of Jesus because sin had separated them. But the law was the bridge. For humans the law was impassable, so Jesus had to fulfill the law so that we could be connected to God through Him. He became the bridge. Now we can be connected to God through Jesus. How does this bring us peace?
It means that if we trust Jesus; if we accept Jesus as our Savior, we have God’s peace. It is that simple. Yet we over complicate it. We put parameters that aren’t there. Sin does that. Even though Jesus overcame sin for us we still cling to it. We still listen to its lies. Sin says we aren’t good enough. Jesus says we are now perfect. Sin says we can’t trust the unknown. Jesus says come with me and you will know me. Sin says run away and God holds out His arms to accept us. Who will you trust?
It is hard. We know sin like the back of our hands. We know the pain it causes. We know the hardships it brings but it is a known quantity. God on the other hand is a mystery. We know He exists though we will deny it because if He is real then our sin is real, and we are doomed. But for those who accept Jesus, God becomes the known. Now the hard part is letting go of sin. Sin brings momentary happiness. It is addictive. Yet God brings
everlasting peace, but it also brings strife between us and the world. If we fully trust God, then that strife is bearable but if we wavier in any way that strife becomes unbearable. So, we are stuck in between the two. Wanting to let go of the known for the unknown but struggling to trust in the unknown.
Sin will tell us the truth just enough to feed us the lie. God will always tell us the truth, but it isn’t always what we want to hear. So, we fall for the lies of sin because sin will tell us what we want to hear then feed us the pain later. Therefore, peace is so hard to come by. Peace is full trust in God, which means no worry or anxiety. It is living knowing that God has everything under control. It is living knowing that God will work everything for good. It is trusting that God’s good is far better than our idea of good.
The question now comes, will you trust God? Will you accept Jesus as your Savior which means stop trying to save yourself? When we accept Jesus as our Savior we become one with God. If we are one with God, we will live like we are one with God. We will know Peace because Jesus is our peace.