1 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV) “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”
Last week, we discussed the Power of the Blood of Jesus to “Pardon.” The Blood of Jesus also has the “Power” to give…
Pay attention to the following Scripture…
Romans 8:22 (KJV) “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”
Since Adam sinned, there has not been peace – not a continual state of peace! Death, and the threat of death, has flourished where God intended Life. Before Adam sinned, predators did not exist. There was no prey. There was no sense of imminent danger, no fear of stumbling, and no existence of war. Then Adam sinned!
We do not know how much time passed after Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden before Cain killed his brother Abel. Since then, the world has been wrought with incidents of open conflict, assaults, national uprisings, and war. I cannot recall a day that has passed without a news story concerning a conflict somewhere on the earth!
One would think that Romans 8:22 is speaking of what takes place on earth alone. However, Paul said, “…the whole creation…” ALL creation is in a state of conflict and turmoil because of sin! When the astronauts landed on the Moon, they found its surface evidenced the aftermath and consequence of great distress and conflict. The scientific probes sent into space continue to return images of a Galaxy that is vast and in a seeming condition of distress and conflict. ALL creation, including angelic creation, is in a state of distress and conflict. There is NO peace!
While all this is true, and more, the lack of peace in our environment has never been the biggest problem. Since Adam sinned, mankind has NOT been at peace with God! That lack of peace is the most difficult to endure. Then Jesus came and said…
John 14:27 (KJV) “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (Emphasis Added).
I want to remind you – if one followed Jesus, watched His lifestyle, and witnessed His interaction with the Jewish leaders, that person would not describe Jesus’ life as being surrounded in peace! Jesus was despised, rejected, and extremely familiar with grief, yet He is called the “Prince of Peace.”
What Jesus had, and exhibited, was Peace with God! The Man, Christ Jesus enjoyed a relationship with God that was filled with Love, Joy, and Peace. While He was rejected by men, He was never rejected by His Father. When He was baptized by John the Baptist, His Father shouted from heaven, “This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).
Because the Man, Christ Jesus was sinless, there was no separation between Him and His Father. He was the First One Who modeled, “Know God, Know Peace! No God, No Peace!” He knew the Father personally, and the Father knew Him.
The Blood of Jesus is the “Bridge of Peace” between God and lost humanity…
Ephesians 2:11-17 (KJV) “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 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” (Emphasis Added).
Colossians 1:20 (KJV) “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven” (Emphasis Added).
Jesus came into this world to seek and save lost mankind. Many scoff at this statement with such statements as, “If all have sinned, why would Jesus have to some to ‘seek’ those who are lost? Couldn’t He just reach out and touch any human being and ‘find’ them?” His “seeking” is like that of a Husbandman who searches through His vineyard to find all the ripe grapes to gather into baskets. He does NOT seek to harvest the unripe ones!
It is the same with God. He sent His Son to share the Good News of His Glorious Gospel. He sacrificed His Only Begotten Son at Calvary so that He could provide the means of reconciliation between Himself and those who would accept the wonderful “Gift” of Eternal Life through faith in the Blood of His Son! He is still “seeking” those who will accept His Gift!
When Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary, His Blood was the “Purchase Price” for Redemption. ALL who call upon Jesus for Salvation will be given the wonderful gift of eternal life. WITH this gift also comes “Peace” with God and the “Peace” of God.
Romans 5:1 (KJV) “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” (Emphasis Added).
“Without justification it is impossible to have real peace. Conscience forbids it. Sin is a mountain between a man and God and must be taken away. The sense of guilt lies heavy on the heart and must be removed. Unpardoned sin will murder peace. The true Christian knows all this well. His peace arises from a consciousness of his sins being forgiven, and his guilt being put away. … He has peace with God, because he is justified.” — J.C. Ryle in Foundations of Faith
Because of the Blood of Jesus, we can sing…
Wonderful Peace, flowing
Down from the Father above!
Sweep over my spirit,
Forever, I pray!
In fathomless billows,
– Hymn –