Jesus the Source of Peace
Colossians 1:15-20; John 14:27
11-21-20, Pastor Charles Stanley - Before we knew Jesus Christ, our behaviors may have been godless and wicked — we had self-seeking stubborn ways (Rom. 1:18; 2:5, 8). Like our strife-filled world, we clamored for peace and tried to find it, but our efforts failed.
When we came to faith in the Savior [John 3:3, 7], all of that changed. We were rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into Christ’s kingdom (Col 1:13). Everyone of our sins — past and present were forgiven. Divine justice was satisfied by Christ’s sacrifice and God’s wrath upon us was removed. We became a new creation, washed clean by Jesus’ blood (2 Cor. 5:17). God's Holy Spirit came to be our personal guide in this new life, helping each of us experience Christ’s peace (Rom. 8:6).
We also can look forward to an eternity spent in heaven, where righteousness, tranquility, and joy abound (Rom. 14:17).
The story of the prodigal son’s return is a picture of our reconciliation with the Lord (Luke 15:11-24). The son had chosen to leave his father, living instead to please himself. Repentant, he eventually returned home; his father joyfully greeted him and forgave him, and there was harmony between them.
Our unity with the heavenly Father came at a great price — the sacrifice of His only Son. Christ gave His life for us so that we could be reconciled to God (Col. 1:20). Christian lives are to testify that Jesus is the source of our peace. In the current turbulent world we may struggle; and happiness evades us -- but we do have God's peace. [Nowhere does the word 'happiness' appear in the scriptures.] Source
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