“For He himself is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14a).
If we have trusted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are no longer His enemies but have intimacy, peace, and unrestrained access to Him (v. 18). Christ became our peace at Calvary.
Beth Moore has said, “The cross ushered us from the sword of division to the peace of reconciliation.”
She shares the following story:
I will never forget watching an evening talk show featuring the story of the parents and killer of a young college student. The killer was his best friend. The weapon was high alcohol content inside a speeding automobile. We’ve heard so many stories about drunk drivers and their victims. What made this particular feature prime-time viewing? The parents had forgiven the young driver . . . and if that was not enough, they had taken him in as their own.
The young man sat at the table in the chair which was once occupied by their only son. He slept in the son’s bed. He worked with the victim’s father, teaching seminars on safety. He shared their fortune and supported their causes. He spoke about the one he had slain in ways only someone who knew him intimately could have.
Beth’s conclusion as to why these parents would do such a thing is: “Because it gave them peace.” She says, however, that we tend to put ourselves in the wrong position of the parents; instead, we are the driver. It was our sins that nailed God’s precious Son to the Cross.
God not only forgave us—He invites us to sit at His table and enjoy sweet fellowship with Him even though it was for us that Jesus, His Only Son, died… in the space my Savior left for me. As a result, I have peace.
Jesus invites us: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” And promises: “If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me” (Revelations 3:20).
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13). In Him we have “pardon for sin and a peace that endure[s].”
God knows all that you’ve thought or done—
From Him you cannot hide;
Confess to Him and He’ll forgive
Through Christ the crucified. –Hess