Finding Peace With God
New Living Translation
14 “Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
In yet another circumstance, Jesus declared that He did not come to bring peace on the earth, but a sword. Then He announced that those who accepted Him would undergo persecution, even from their own relatives (Mt 10:34-36). How do these passages relate to one another?
The angels were not singing about a man-to-man peace; rather, they were rejoicing that there would be peace between God and humanity. When Jesus said in Matthew 10:34 that “brother will fight against brother,” he was referring to human interactions.
God began to vent His fury on man’s sins through the Old Testament law (Rom. 4:15). It was not Satan’s wrath that Jesus endured on the cross.
Jesus became our substitute and bore the penalty for our sins (Isa. 53:10-12; 2 Cor. 5:21). Jesus was sentenced to pay the Father’s punishment for humanity’s sins. This concluded God vs. man’s conflict. The angels were singing about this wonderful peace
As a result of men gaining this peace from God, there have been numerous instances of man-to-man reconciliation, but that is only a consequence; it is not the peace that the angels were heralding. These effects are merely secondary.
Today, through Jesus, we may have peace with God (Rom. 5:1). God is not enraged at us. He isn’t even dissatisfied. We were embraced by Jesus (Eph. 1:6).
There was a time in my life that I thought God had abandoned me and that I had let Him down. It wasn’t until a pastor from a different stream of Christianity explained to me the wonderful news of God’s grace, that I realized that God was not angry or mad, but was wooing me to come to Him. That revelation changed my life.
Believe in the wonderful news that Christ has ended the battle between God and us. He is wooing you with His unfailing love.
Pastor Duke Taber and his wife Sue pastor Mesquite Worship Center located at 140 Riverside Rd. Ste D. in the Sherwin Williams Building. You can join them Sunday’s at 10:00 AM, 6:00 PM and Wednesday’s at 7:00. Absolutely everyone is welcome and you can come as you are.